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The Woman in White 

In Victorian England, Laura and her half-sister Marian are entwined in a terrifying web of deceit. Laura's doppelganger, a mysterious woman dressed all in white, may hold the key to unlock the mystery.




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Series cast summary:
Diana Quick ...  Marian Halcombe 5 episodes, 1982
Ian Richardson ...  Frederick Fairlie 5 episodes, 1982
John Shrapnel ...  Sir Percival Glyde 5 episodes, 1982
Jenny Seagrove ...  Laura Fairlie 5 episodes, 1982
Kevin Elyot Kevin Elyot ...  Louis 5 episodes, 1982
Alan Badel ...  Count Fosco 4 episodes, 1982
Daniel Gerroll ...  Walter Hartright 4 episodes, 1982
Georgine Anderson ...  Countess Fosco 4 episodes, 1982
Anna Lindup Anna Lindup ...  Fanny 4 episodes, 1982
Deirdra Morris Deirdra Morris ...  Anne Catherick 3 episodes, 1982
Anna Wing Anna Wing ...  Mrs. Clements 3 episodes, 1982
Carol MacReady ...  Mrs. Michelson 3 episodes, 1982
Jeannie Crowther Jeannie Crowther ...  Margaret Porcher 3 episodes, 1982
Andrew Carr Andrew Carr ...  Fletcher 3 episodes, 1982
Hilary Sesta Hilary Sesta ...  Madame Rubelle 3 episodes, 1982


Late one night, Walter Hartright meets a mysterious woman dressed in white who bestows a cryptic warning. Hartright takes up the post of drawing teacher to half sisters, Marian and Laura. He is startled to find that Laura bares a striking resemblance to the woman in white. Later, Laura's marriage to an aristocrat puts them all in the middle of a sinister plot. Written by L. Hamre

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Release Date:

12 December 1982 (USA) See more »

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La dama de blanco See more »

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(5 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Ian Richardson plays the same role in both this and a later adaptation of the story: The Woman in White (1997). See more »


Version of Kvinna i vitt (1949) See more »

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underrated classic
3 September 2002 | by LenBSee all my reviews

I saw this 1978 BBC production when it was rebroadcast in the early 1980s on US television. (PBS, I think, or possibly A&E.) It has remained 'stuck' in my mind ever since.

From the understated elegance of the acting and production design to the fabulous adaptation of the original novel, this miniseries is and ought to be a classic. Walter Gerroll and Jenny Seagrove are incredible, and the gentleman who plays Count Fosco is as gently creepy as you could want-- but the one who really steals the show is Diana Quick. Strong and determined, she becomes more beautiful the better you get to know her. Seagrove has the 'looks,' but Quick has the character.

A wonderful series.

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