PBS Distribution announced the release of the timeless classic Masterpiece: Little Women, featuring Emily Watson, Angela Lansbury and Michael Gambon. This new adaptation of the classic brings to life the narrative of the four sisters who grow and change, while the world around them becomes divided. The program has been released on DVD, Blu-ray and on Digital HD.
Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four March sisters on their journey from childhood to adulthood while their father is away at war. Under the guidance of their mother Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage. Accompanied by the charming boy next door Laurie Laurence, their cantankerous wealthy Aunt March and benevolent neighbor Mr. Laurence, Little Women is a coming-of-age story that is as relevant and engaging today as it was on its original publication in 1868.
The March sisters—the “little women” of the title—feature newcomer Maya Hawke as the willful and adventurous Jo; Willa Fitzgerald (Scream: The TV Series) as the eldest and most virtuous, Meg; Annes Elwy (King Arthur: Excalibur Rising) as the shy sister, Beth; and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) as Amy, the youngest of the family.
Also appearing are Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End) as Laurie, the loveable boy next door; Dylan Baker (The Good Wife) as Mr. March, who is serving as a chaplain with the Union Army; Julian Morris (Mark Felt) as John Brooke, Laurie’s cultured and handsome tutor; and Mark Stanley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as the charming Professor Bhaer.
The top-rated drama series on PBS, MASTERPIECE celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2016. It is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking® and Farmers Insurance® with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. MASTERPIECE is known for presenting iconic shows such as Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Victoria, Prime Suspect, Poldark and Wolf Hall.
- Little Women – Becoming a Woman, Then and Now
- Little Women – Creating the World of Little Women
- Visit Orchard House – Where Louisa May Alcott Wrote Little Women
Run Time: 176 Minutes on 1 Disc
I am a former librarian and my husband is correct in saying I am the #worstlibrarianever because I have never read several classics…including Little Women. So I went into this not knowing the plot twists or ending. I found this mini-series absolutely fantastic as it quickly pulled me into the lives of 4 sisters. I watched it with Big Sis who is 9 and I felt it was fine for her age because there was nothing in it that she did not understand. It is divided into 3 episodes and we binge watched them one right after the other. You follow Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they each grow into womanhood in a coming of age story. All the acting in this movie is absolutely perfect especially that of Emily Watson as Marmee and Maya Hawke as Jo. Big Sis’ thoughts on this movie are “I hate that it is so sad but I love that it is so sad” and just like that she discovered why women like to watch and read these types of stories. This miniseries is heartfelt and a great adaptation of a beloved story. I have been inspired to pick up the book and read it now! You can purchase your copy on Blu-ray at Shop PBS or several other online retailers.