1 9 7 3 (UK)
3 x 75 minute episodes
1 x 120 minute episode
Yorkshire Television produced this four-part miniseries about the lives of the Brontë family and the three famous literary sisters in particular.
It was a doom-laden yet fascinating study with a suitably bleak Yorkshire moorland background of sisters Anne (Ann Penfold), Emily (Rosemary McHale) and Charlotte (Vickery Turner) as well as their brother Branwell (Michael Kitchen), who the sisters regarded as the one true genius in the family.
Their story was told from their lonely but not unhappy childhood, taking in their dreams, loves and the harsh reality of life in the parsonage, to their premature deaths – Branwell as a drug-racked drunkard, Emily and Anne all in the space of eight months.
Only Charlotte lived past the age of 31.
Much of the series was filmed at the actual Haworth Parsonage in Yorkshire.
The series was scripted by Christopher Fry for producer/director Marc Miller.
Reverend Patrick Brontë
Arthur Bell Nicholls
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