1 9 7 5 (UK)
6 x 60 minute episodes
A sequel to the 1972 BBC series Anne of Green Gables, this six-parter presented the continuing adventures of Anne Shirley (Kim Braden reprising her role from the original) in the town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island and at Kingsport in Nova Scotia.
The series followed Anne into adulthood and continued to explore her relationship with Gilbert Blythe (Christopher Blake) and her adventures in the classroom and as Village Improvement Society secretary.
Kim Braden was the definitive Anne, bringing a believable level of naivety to the role. Barbara Hamilton’s Marilla was poker-faced yet sympathetic, Nicholas Lyndhurst (Davy) was engagingly irrepressible, certain to command youthful liking and tug at parental heartstrings, and Christopher Blake suggested Gilbert had shoulders worth leaning on.
Joan Craft’s direction was particularly strong on suggestion: for example, the long-suffering side glances from Anne and her friend Diana (Jan Francis) in their interview with Judson Parker (Ed Bishop) and the self-satisfied beam from Paul (Keith Steven) when Anne declared he would be a poet.
The solid note of realism was intelligently exploited; such as Dora’s display of her rain-sodden clothes – “It’s gone right through to my bloomers and vest” – and Marilla’s retreat with Dora during the thunderclap.
Links between studio and film were flowingly achieved, and Anthony Thorpe’s sets were careful but not overdone.
The story was adapted from the classic Lucy Maud Montgomery novel by Elaine Morgan.
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