1 9 5 5 (UK)
7 x 30 minute episodes
This short black & white series from Associated-Rediffusion starred Marcia Manolescue as Barbie, the daughter of a famous conductor who is away on a world tour.
Barbie goes to temporarily live with her cousins, Laurel (Kika Markham) and Simon (Jonathan Swift), and her uncle (David Markham), a rector, at their home in the country.
Barbie becomes fond of her cousins and even gets used to school, but she longs passionately for music lessons from a really good teacher, as her one ambition is to be a great violinist.
Miss Fothergill (Zena Dare), a wealthy and kind-hearted local music-lover, gets Barbie an audition in London with M. Morisot (Jacques B. Brunius), a friend of the master Vascoletti, and it seems likely for a while that he will accept Barbie as a pupil in Paris.
When that opportunity fails to materialise, (Vascoletti is not accepting any pupils) Miss Fothergill arranges for Barbie to give a professional concert in London, and though Barbie feels unready for it, Miss Fothergill, Barbie, Laurel and Simon make the journey to London to arrange it.
The series – directed by Hazel Wilkinson – was adapted from a book by Kitty Barne.
Jacques B. Brunius