Actresses in the tv adaptation in 1830s dress

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Online Talk: Wives and Daughters – A TV Classic

The BBC TV adaptation of Wives and Daughters was hailed as the rediscovery of a ‘forgotten’ classic when it was broadcast in 1999. The series featured a wealth of stars including Francesca Annis, Keeley Hawes and a BAFTA-winning Michael Gambon. Andrew’s Davies’ screenplay peeled back the layers of Elizabeth Gaskell’s final novel. The TV series reflected both the book’s comedy and the pathos of provincial life.

Characters from the Tv Adaptation

The classic novel and TV adaptation vividly portrays life in the 1830s but the character study and relationships between family members will be familiar to any age. Enjoy a wealth of characters from young Molly and her put-upon father to the rural squire and the scheming wife. Libby Tempest, Vice-Chair of the Gaskell Society, takes a closer look at the faithful adaptation of Wives and Daughters from page to screen.

The speaker was fantastic, warm, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and full of infectious love for her subject’ Visitor to previous event by Libby Tempest, Vice-Chair of the Gaskell Society

Wednesday 17 April, 7-8pm

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17th Apr 2024

7pm - 8pm

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We've got a certainly is a beauty...I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can.’

Elizabeth Gaskell, in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850.