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Can Professor Higgins transform cockney flower girl Eliza Dolittle into a great lady?


John Glenister


Pat Sandys (adaptation), George Bernard Shaw (play) | 1 more credit »
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Episode credited cast:
Twiggy ... Eliza Doolittle
Robert Powell ... Professor Henry Higgins
Mona Washbourne ... Mrs. Pearce
Ronald Fraser ... Colonel Pickering
Helen Shingler Helen Shingler ... Mrs. Higgins
Arthur English ... Alfred Doolittle
Pauline Jameson ... Mrs. Eynsford-Hill
Marsha Fitzalan ... Clara Eynsford-Hill
Shaun Scott Shaun Scott ... Freddie Eynsford-Hill
Sarah-Jane Bickerton Sarah-Jane Bickerton ... Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donald Groves Donald Groves ... Bystander
Maeve Leslie Maeve Leslie ... Bystander
Douglas Roe Douglas Roe ... Bystander (as Doug Roe)
Gordon Salkilld Gordon Salkilld ... Bystander


Can Professor Higgins transform cockney flower girl Eliza Dolittle into a great lady?

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27 December 1981 (UK) See more »

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Most actresses who play Eliza in "Pygmalion" have to learn a cockney accent whilst having naturally the "ladylike" accent which Eliza must learn in the course the story. Twiggy claimed to be the first actress in the role who had a natural cockney accent to begin with and had to learn to "speak posh" in the same way that Eliza does. See more »


Professor Henry Higgins: Eliza, you are to live here for the next six months, learning how to speak beautifully like a lady in a florist's shop. If you are good and do whatever you're told, you shall sleep in a proper bedroom and have lots to eat and money to buy chocolates and take rides in taxis. If you are naughty and idle, you will sleep in the back kitchen among the black beetles and be walloped by Mrs. Pearce with a broomstick. At the end of six months you shall go to Buckingham Palace in a carriage, beautifully ...
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A miscast misfire
13 October 2004 | by Vaughan BirbeckSee all my reviews

'Pygmalion' is a classic play about identity and power within relationships. In one sense it is a comedy of manners centered on the single-minded bullying misogynist Higgins, in another a drama about Eliza Dolittle's place in society.

This version misfires on all levels. Robert Powell is too young and too pleasant as Higgins. You can't imagine he is *really* so uncaring as to see Eliza as a mere object of an experiment in phonetics. Twiggy is both too old and too lightweight an actress to convey Eliza's anguish when she has the speech of a lady but is still essentially a common Cockney flower girl.

This version seems to have been put together because Pygmalion is a popular play and would pull in the viewers. It fails to do justice to its source material and even 'My Fair Lady' (the musical travesty which made the whole thing a love story) is preferable.

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