1 9 7 0 (UK)
9 x 25 minute episodes
This nine-part BBC mini-series – set in the 1880s and adapted from Louisa M Alcott’s famous classic novel – starred Angela Down as Jo March, whose ambition was to become a writer and leave Concord, Massachusetts, for New York City or Europe.
The other close-knit March sisters were played by Jo Rowbottom (Meg), Janina Faye (Amy) and Sarah Craze (Beth).
Stephen Turner was superb as Laurie, but ex–Doctor Who Patrick Troughton was underused in the thankless role of Mr March.
In true BBC style for the period, there were very few exterior scenes (the series clearly had a very small budget), and as a result, everything feels claustrophobic, and there is no sense of the beauty and romance of New England.