Review: Little Women on Masterpiece, Part One (spoiler alert)

Little Women on Masterpiece is a series that grew on me; it took two viewings to fully appreciate it. As mentioned in my previous post, this is an adaption worthy of reflection and study for there is much beneath the surface. In listening to Heidi Thomas describe her reading of Little Women, I was struck …

Reviews of the Little Women Masterpiece series (warning — spoilers!)

The reviews are coming in fast and furious! Here are some I have seen so far: CNN Entertainment 'Little Women' gets a 21st-century makeover https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/11/entertainment/little-women-review/index.html NY Times ‘Little Women,’ Through British Eyes https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/arts/television/little-women-review-pbs-masterpiece.html Valley News Adaptation of ‘Little Women’ Starts Slowly, but Rises on Its Stars http://www.vnews.com/A-new--Little-Women--stumbles-on-the-path-to-2018-but-it-eventually-gets-there-17457911 Vaniety Fair Why the Cult of Jo March …

Exclusive interview with Heidi Thomas, screenwriter for Masterpiece’s Little Women

Heidi Thomas is an award-winning English playwright and screenwriter, whose previous television adaptations of classic novels include Cranford, I Capture The Castle, and Madame Bovary. She is especially known for her writing on the long-running PBS series, "Call the Midwife." I am thankful to Gabrielle Donnelly, member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who conducted …

A blend of reverence and relevance: Previews of the Little Women Masterpiece series

Excitement is building as details are revealed about the upcoming Little Women series on PBS' acclaimed Masterpiece. It will air on May 13th and 20th at 8 p.m. EST. I have pre-screened the series and will write more about my impressions as we come closer to the air date. I also have an exclusive interview …

5 Trailers for the Little Women series on Masterpiece

Here's a sampling of what's to come on May 13 and 20th, 8 pm EST on PBS Masterpiece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaIVZT4EkwA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovKmt5SPGL8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3bNUFbWd68 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtwNZNAFKQA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBpyahJJNaE Hope you enjoyed these. I received an advance copy of the serires and I will be writing about it come the first of May as well as revealing another special surprise. Stay …

Air dates for “Little Women” in America on Masterpiece Theatre announced!

Here is Orchard House's announcement regarding the airing of "Little Women" on Masterpiece Theatre (taken from a December 7, 2017 Facebook post): "Now and then, in this work-a-day world, things do happen in the delightful story-book fashion, and what a comfort that is." from Little Women, "Pleasant Meadows." It's true! Thrilled to share that the …

Air dates announced for Little Women on the BBC!

For all you lucky souls who get BBC One, the air dates have been announced for the three-part Little Women series! From the BBC Christmas TV Guide Boxing Day - Tuesday, December 26 Little Women (1/3) - 7.30pm on BBC One - Based on Louisa May Alcott's universally beloved novel, this new three-part series is …

Jo’s evolution as a creative, and as a woman

What did Jo March  mean when she said she wanted to create something "spendid?" Perhaps gaining recognition for her writing. Maybe even being hailed as a great writer. Writing a book of artistic merit and universality that would stand the test of time. Yet we find in Little Women that Jo's goals would evolve from that solitary …

Nuggets from The Afterlife of Little Women – Fiction, Fame and Romanticism 1868-1900

Continuing our discussion ... Looking at fiction Little Women was a subversive work in many ways, putting new ideas into the heads of children while managing not to upset their parents. One such idea was its endorsement of reading fiction. According to Beverly Lyon Clark, a leading authority on children's literature, children were not encouraged …

Continuing to trace the steps of Little Women: Madeleine B. Stern’s brilliant analysis, part three: Can you tell what’s real and what is made up?

Little Women  has been called autobiographical because Louisa May Alcott used so many episodes from her own childhood and that of her family to create the story. But where does fact end and fiction begin? Or does it even work like that? Stern says, “Fact was embedded in fiction, and a domestic novel begun in …

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