Elizabeth Archard plays the overly optimistic orphan, Pollyanna, in this timeless heart-warming BBC mini-series based on the best-selling novel and classic child literature by Eleanor ...
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Wealthy, impossible to please lady Polly, whom only gardener Tom's irresistibly charming, indomitably cheerful son Tim, the chauffeur-handyman, can handle, grudgingly lets her late sister's... See full summary »
Elizabeth Archard plays the overly optimistic orphan, Pollyanna, in this timeless heart-warming BBC mini-series based on the best-selling novel and classic child literature by Eleanor Porter. Pollyanna goes to live with her lonely, bitter old Aunt Polly (Elaine Stritch) after the death of her beloved father. Despite being paralyzed in a horrible accident, her sunny nature and determination to look on the brighter side of life has an astonishing effect on the lives of everyone she encounters, including an old hermit (Donald Bisset), an orphaned boy (Stephen Galloway), and her doctor (Paul Maxwell). Will all the people whose lives she's brightened be able to make her happy again?
Eleanor H. Porter's eternally optimistic "Pollyanna" (Elizabeth Archard) makes an earnest, faithful multi-hour English teleplay. But, faithful adaptations need to take the change of medium into consideration, and this production falters in following the novel rather laboriously. Its long, detailed establishment of characters and events results in some unnecessary dullness.
Note the more well-known versions: 1920's "Pollyanna" (Mary Pickford) translated very nicely into the silent film format, while 1960's "Pollyanna (Hayley Mills) added too much "sugar" (an unnecessary additive, considering this story). And, viewing too much of "Pollyanna" in one sitting is not for the faint of heart - you may want to start out with small doses.
Cheers to Ms. Archard and her young leading man, Stephen Galloway (as Jimmy Bean), as both demonstrate the presence and skill to have had more substantial acting careers. Slightly older Paddy Frost (as Nancy) and Robert Coleby (as Timothy) are also very engaging. Elaine Stritch (as Aunt Polly), Ray McAnally (as John Pendleton), and the location are also worth a look.
***** Pollyanna (10/7-11/11/73) June Wyndham-Davies ~ Elizabeth Archard, Elaine Stritch, Stephen Galloway
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