Select Page

New PBS/BBC Little Women Adaptation, Here’s What We Know So Far (Plus New Trailer)

New PBS/BBC Little Women Adaptation, Here’s What We Know So Far (Plus New Trailer)


There’s something about nostalgic classics that will never, ever, be a book genre I tire of. One of these classics, penned by the talented Louisa May Alcott, is Little Women.

So, when I learned PBS, in association with Colin Callender’s Playground (also a production partner for the new Howard’s End adaptation), and the BBC teamed to adapt Little Women, I was a little bit overexcited. Though I have fond memories of the 1994 adaptation, something about a 3-part TV production was like a dream come true.

But before I talk about some of my personal thoughts on the cast and production, here’s the PBS’ official “about the show” synopsis:

Loved by generations of women worldwide, Little Women is a truly universal coming of age story. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage.

Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, this three-part adaptation from the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Upstairs Downstairs) will be directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary) and is currently filming in Ireland.

RELATED | PBS WINTER/SPRING 2018 SCHEDULE REVEALED: PERIOD DRAMAS, MYSTERIES, & MORE

The Cast of Little Women

Shortly after the official news for this production broke, the cast list also began making the news. Needless to say, it’s a good one.

The familiar faces include Emily Watson as Marmee alongside veterans Michael Gambon (Wives & Daughters, Harry Potter) as Mr. Laurence and Angela Lansbury as Aunt March. While this talent inspires confidence (and I’ve zero doubt they’ll do their respective roles justice), what really excites me are the titular characters.

The March sisters will be portrayed by Annes Elwy as Beth; Kathryn Newton as Amy; Willa Fitzgerald as Meg; and Maya Hawke as the incomparable Jo. Cast as the men in the March sisters lives are Jonah Hauer-King as Laurie; Julian Morris (Once Upon a Timeas John Brooke; and Mark Stanley as Professor Baehr. Some of us may recognize Willa from Royal Pains. Kathryn appeared in the popular Big Little Lies, and Jonah was also in the 2017 Howard’s End adaptation.


THE SNEAK PEEK

While no official trailer has dropped as of yet, you can catch a few sneak peeks at the production in the BBC Christmas trailer released a few days ago. So, check it out!

UPDATE – NEW TRAILER

Update from our original post: On December 15, 2017, Masterpiece PBS dropped the first official trailer for Little Women.  So, make sure to watch!

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Just the fact that Masterpiece is producing  this is “enough said.” But while this production company never puts out anything less than stellar, there is still more to anticipate. The supreme talent of Heidi Thomas will pen the script. Most of us recognize Heidi as the talent behind the long-running and beloved TV show Call the Midwife. 

Then there is this cast! What I love best about it, is the relative anonymity and that the cast is young. I respect that casting directors went outside the pool of familiar talent and cast unknowns (some of whom make their debut with these roles). I think it’ll give viewers the chance to watch this with fresh eyes and see the story in a new light. A challenge that isn’t always easy to do with classic literature that’s been remade time and again.

Guaranteed to turn in memorable performances coupled with elegant costuming and stunning scenery, Little Women is sure to be beautiful. Set to premiere in the U.K. this Christmas and May 13, 2018, on Masterpiece Theatre (U.S.), this is one production period drama aficionados shouldn’t miss.

Tell me, are you excited about this production? If so, what are you most looking forward to? Sound off below.


Featured Image Credit: Little Women. Courtesy of MASTERPIECE on PBS, BBC, and Playground.

LOVE PERIOD DRAMAS, OLD FASHIONED ROMANCE OR ROMANTICISM? SUBSCRIBE & FOLLOW:
                                                   
Period Drama lovers, head on over to our Period Drama Archives with personalized reviews sorted by historical era! The list continually updates, so make sure to follow. And then for all the romantics out there, check out our Old-Fashioned Romance page with posts sorted by Romance Genre! A helpful page to find just what you're in the mood for.
Welcome to The Silver Petticoat Review, the kindred spirit destination for lovers of romance and Romanticism. We cover both modern and classic film, literature, & TV from around the world and specialize in Old-Fashioned Romance, Period Dramas, Classics, and Romantic Storytelling without the excess of explicit content and unsentimental cynicism. We promote content ranging from G to PG-13 minus a few exceptions for artistic reasons and/or genre interest. For more information, see Old-Fashioned Romance 101 and Romantic Storytelling 101.
Run by twin sisters, Amber and Autumn Topping, at The Silver Petticoat Review we also celebrate cultural diversity. We believe stories have the positive power to unite, not divide. So, make sure to meet our contributing writers, a creative village of women from all over the world!
Disclosure: Some of the links in this post may include affiliate links. This means if you click on an affiliate link and purchase an item, at no additional cost to you, The Silver Petticoat Review may receive a small commission. However, we only recommend products or services we personally love or feel is valuable to our readers. Sometimes we also receive free products to write honest reviews. Each writer’s opinions are their own.

About The Author

Rissi JC

Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (http://www.rissiwrites.com).

2 Comments

  1. Nyssa The Hobbit

    Looks great with a young cast except that Prof Baer appears to be TOO young: I googled Mark Stanley and he’s not even 30 yet. Prof Baer is supposed to be about 40. Yeah, I’m a purist. 😉

    Reply
    • Rissi JC

      Nothing wrong with being a purist, Nyssa. I wonder if with make up, etc. they’ll “age” Mark up a bit or leave his character more in line with the actor’s age. It’ll be interesting, for sure! Who would have been your dream cast for the professor? 🙂

      Reply

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

THE SILVER PETTICOAT REVIEW

Welcome to The Silver Petticoat Review, the kindred spirit destination for lovers of romance and Romanticism. We cover both modern and classic film, literature, & TV from around the world and specialize in Old-Fashioned Romance, Period Dramas, Classics, and Romantic Storytelling without the excess of explicit content and unsentimental cynicism.

SUBSCRIBE

TSPR-SUB-BUTTON-wf

AMAZON ASSOCIATES DISCLOSURE

The Silver Petticoat Review is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

CLOSE

 

The Silver Petticoat Review

Love Period Dramas & Old-Fashioned Romance? Follow:

 

 

 

 

 

Join us as we connect you with the best of old-fashioned romance & Period Dramas from around the world. Subscribe for exclusive access to a fun & helpful newsletter and once a week updates.

Subscribe

CLOSE

Thank you for subscribing!