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 ...
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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.
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 »
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 of the novel 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 class room. 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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