Elspeth (Holly Aird) and her unconventional parents decide to settle down in Kenya and begin a coffee plantation. This is a time of discovery for Elspeth, as she encounters the incredible ...
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Young Jenny Bunn (Hayley Mills) heads to the South of England to start a new career as a school teacher. Even before she has had a chance to settle in she meets Patrick Standish (Oliver ... See full summary »
Miss Polly decides to spend a few months with her wealthy spinster aunt as a travelling companion. While in India, her aunt's demise leaves her alone to pursue her freedom and explore an ... See full summary »
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Charley Farthing (Doug McClure) is on the run. Chased by an irate husband with murder on his mind, Charley finds himself hopping on a ship, chased by authorities on a politically turmoiled ... See full summary »
A grandmother (Dame Edith Evans) seeks a governess for her sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Laurel (Hayley Mills), who manages to drive away everyone so far by exposing her past, with a ... See full summary »
Elspeth (Holly Aird) and her unconventional parents decide to settle down in Kenya and begin a coffee plantation. This is a time of discovery for Elspeth, as she encounters the incredible beauty and cruelty of nature, and new friendships with Africans and British expatriates. A side plot involves the beautiful and bored British Lettice Palmer (Sharon Maughan), who enters into an affair with a handsome safari guide. Eventually, however, the excitement of Elspeth's life is disrupted by the on-set of World War I, and the changes it brings.Written by
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Although billed as a novel, Elspeth Huxley's 1959 book was in fact a semi-autobiographical work, based on her upbringing in the former British East Africa. She corresponds to the Holly Aird character. See more »
Fabulous min-series making you wanting more. Magnificently shot capturing the wilds of Africa and the superstitions of its people. A story seen through the young eyes of Elspeth displays why these types of British mini-series are so wonderful even after almost 25 years to watch again and again. Great supporting performances by Haley Mills and Sharon Maughan lights up the storyline and it is a shame they did not continue the series onto the next Huxley autobiographical book. It was a pleasant surprise to see that Roy Ward Baker was also the director for one my favorite Titanic movies, 'A Night to Remember'. A bit of trivia that had escaped me all these years. If you enjoyed 'Out of Africa' by Dinesen, you will surely enjoy this series. The quality of the DVD and extras were less than stellar but it does nothing to diminish the beauty of the story, the acting, or the beautiful wilderness of Africa.
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