Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil live with Sylvia Brown, their guardian. Money is tight and as the story opens, three boarders - a garage owner, a retired English professor, and a dance ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Angela Thorne ...  Sylvia Brown 6 episodes, 1975
Jane Slaughter Jane Slaughter ...  Petrova 6 episodes, 1975
Elizabeth Morgan Elizabeth Morgan ...  Pauline 6 episodes, 1975
Sarah Prince Sarah Prince ...  Posy 6 episodes, 1975
Barbara Lott Barbara Lott ...  Nana 6 episodes, 1975
Joanna David ...  Theo Dane 6 episodes, 1975
Sheila Keith ...  Dr. Jakes 6 episodes, 1975
Terence Skelton Terence Skelton ...  Mr. Simpson 6 episodes, 1975
Mary Morris ...  Madame Fidolia 5 episodes, 1975
Martin Goldstein Martin Goldstein ...  Pianist 3 episodes, 1975


Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil live with Sylvia Brown, their guardian. Money is tight and as the story opens, three boarders - a garage owner, a retired English professor, and a dance teacher - come to stay. Theo Dane, the dance teacher, has the girls accepted at her school by the formidable Madame, and the three go on the stage to help raise money. Each discovers her talents - Pauline as an actress, Petrova in fixing engines, and Posy as a dancer. Written by Hilary Caws-Elwitt

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27 December 1976 (USA) See more »

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| (6 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The picture of the young man on Garnie's piano in all the episodes is a studio shot of Esmond Knight (name/nm0460874/), who plays Great Uncle Matthew. The photo is of him as a young man. See more »


In the Fossil girls' bedroom, when Pauline tells Petrova that Garnie is very worried about money, the shadow of the boom mic is visible moving across Pauline's hair. See more »


Petrova: [rehearsing as Mytyl] When shall we see the dead?
Pauline: [rehearsing as Tyltyl] You heard Light say...
Dr. Jakes: [points to her watch and mouths: "midnight"]
Pauline: [rehearsing as Tyltyl] You heard Light say I was to wait until midnight.
Petrova: [rehearsing as Mytyl] Why midnight?
Pauline: [rehearsing as Tyltyl] Because that is...
Dr. Jakes: [inhales deeply and loudly]
Pauline: [rehearsing as Tyltyl] Because that is when they take the air.
Petrova: [rehearsing as Mytyl] Midnight is striking!
Nana: [entering with tray of mugs] Cuck-oo! Cuck-oo! Cocoa! Cocoa!
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Remade as Ballet Shoes (2007) See more »

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I have the uncut version on DVD-R!!!!!!!
15 December 2008 | by classicstarletsfanSee all my reviews

This wonderful story made in 1975 is,as most of you know,on DVD but it is not the complete version that was shown on PBS in 2 parts back in December of 1976.I remember watching this then and enjoyed it very much!!

I am lucky to have the complete version because it was shown again in the 1980's and I recorded it all and its in great quality. I put this to DVD-R onto 2 dvds since it runs close to 3 hours. The DVD that is available to buy is 2 hours and has MANY scenes cut out!!!!

I am sure there are not too many who have this complete as I do.

When it was shown in the 1980's on PBS, it was shown for 2 weeks and it was a half hour each time so, when each one started it would say "Episode 1", "Episode 2" and so on.

When it was first shown in December of 1976 here in the USA , it was shown over 2 nights and was on for 90 minutes both nights.

I love this series so much I even have the original TV guide magazine from that week which has the "Close Up" review with a photo. What great memories it all is!

It is so enjoyable to watch on DVD-R and to see it the way it was made, totally complete and uncut!

Well, I just wanted to share my joy about this. Just excited about it and, hope you enjoyed reading this :)

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