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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 

Beloved actress Geraldine McEwan (Agatha Christie's Marple, The Magdalene Sisters) is imperious, unorthodox teacher Jean Brodie in this seven-part television miniseries. Adapted from the ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
Geraldine McEwan ...  Jean Brodie 7 episodes, 1978
Lynsey Baxter ...  Sandy Stranger 6 episodes, 1978
Amanda Kirby Amanda Kirby ...  Jenny Gray 6 episodes, 1978
Vivienne Ross Vivienne Ross ...  Miss Campbell 6 episodes, 1978
Tracey Childs ...  Rose Stanley 5 episodes, 1978
John Castle ...  Teddy Lloyd 4 episodes, 1978
Georgine Anderson ...  Miss Gaunt 4 episodes, 1978
Madeleine Christie Madeleine Christie ...  Mrs. MacDonald 4 episodes, 1978
Michael Elder Michael Elder ...  Rev. Ian Ball 4 episodes, 1978
Jean McKinley Jean McKinley ...  Mary MacGregor 4 episodes, 1978
Julie Brennan Julie Brennan ...  Juliet 3 episodes, 1978
George Cormack ...  Mr. Lawson 3 episodes, 1978
Penelope Allsopp Penelope Allsopp ...  Dorothy 2 episodes, 1978
Romana Kaye Romana Kaye ...  Giulia Cibelli 2 episodes, 1978
Elizabeth Joyce Walker Elizabeth Joyce Walker ...  Theatre audience 2 episodes, 1978


Beloved actress Geraldine McEwan (Agatha Christie's Marple, The Magdalene Sisters) is imperious, unorthodox teacher Jean Brodie in this seven-part television miniseries. Adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie tells the stories of impressionable young ladies at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, revealing their lives, their famililes, and the challenges they face growing up in 1930s Scotland. Devoted to her students, Miss Brodie endeavors to fill them with a love of art and culture and as much self-confidence as she possesses. In so doing, she offends the conservative Miss Gaunt, tests the patience of headmistress Miss Mackay, and incites the passions of married art instructor Teddy Lloyd (John Castle, The Lion in Winter). McEwan gives an indelible performance that Spark herself considered the quintessential portrayal of the iconic character.

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22 January 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Los mejores años de Miss Brodie See more »

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(7 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The first episode is set largely in Newcastle and the sepia stills in the opening titles show local scenes (the Tyne and swing bridges, Grey's monument and the castle). The remainder of the series takes place in Edinburgh and the titles show scenes from there: Edinburgh Castle, the West End of Princes Street, the rear of Register House and the Dean Village. See more »

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At her prime
11 December 2013 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was adapted by Scottish Television into a seven episode television serial in 1978. It is very much an adaptation of the play rather than the novel itself.

Geraldine McEwan takes the the lead as Miss Jean Brodie and episodic format give the film room to breathe in comparison to the more famous film of the play.

It is obvious from the first episode that Scottish Television spent a lot of money in this series with extensive location shooting in the opening episode including Jean Brodie riding on a steam train. Music was provided by Hollywood Oscar winner Marvin Hamlisch.

Things get more sedate in the classroom. Geraldine McEwan and John Castle are the stars here. There are future stars playing the school girls such as Lynsey Baxter and Tracey Childs. It goes nicely along but it does also drag out a bit as well.

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