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Anne Of Avonlea (BBC Mini-Series)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Episodes: B



Despite the numerous adaptations of L. M. Montgomery’s Anne Of Green Gables, we have yet to review any adaptation of that tale.  However, we have before us a really good adaptation from the BBC of the follow-up Anne Of Avonlea from 1975.  Kim Braden is Anne Shirley, now a schoolteacher in the farm areas of the country and she has a whole new set of obstacles ands characters to deal with.  This includes an affair about a cow or two, two new orphans showing up and her desire (rarer at the time) to go to college.


Joan Craft does a fine job of directing this mini-series, which is based on both Anne Of Avonlea and Anne Of The Island, she is the right person at the right time, with the right cast, production, teleplay and energy that makes these six parts flow well.  The comic timing is as good as anything and it is yet another gem form the last golden period of British TV.  Cheers also go to Elaine Morgan, who adapted the books into a fine example of literature on television.  This set should give it the new audience it deserves.


The 1.33 X 1 image was taped in the analog PAL format and shows its age, but has some style and is nicely produced.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 mono shows its age and the volume is a little lower than one might like, so just be careful when playing it back and switching to other audio sources.  There are no extras, but the episodes run 5 hours, 12 minutes.  That leaves plenty to enjoy.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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