If there are two pastimes we love to indulge, it’s watching some Call the Midwife on a Sunday evening, and re-reading the classic book, Little Women. So ever since it was announced that Heidi Thomas, Call the Midwife’s creator, was working on an adaption of the 1868 book for the BBC, we’ve been pretty excited.
And finally we have a first peek!
Little Women will tackle the story of sisters Jo, Amy, Meg and Beth, and their trials and tribulations of growing up in wartime America. Thomas is set to explore the ups and downs of love in their early years, and the lessons the sisters learn as they grow up.
The show has an all-star cast including Murder She Wrote’s Angela Lansbury.
Kathryn Newton from Big Little Lies plays Amy, Meg will be played by Willa Fitzgerald and newcomer Maya Hawke will take on the role of Jo. The sisters’ mother, Marmee will be played by BAFTA-award winning actress Emily Watson.
Thomas is clearly already experienced in the tales of strong women and the bonds of sisterhood, having stood at the helm of 1960’s London drama Call the Midwife for over five years now. The writer has penned plenty of emotional stories for the series, including the heart-wrenching thalidomide plot.
But of course, Little Women won’t quite be the same as the BBC drama, given the fact that it’s set in 1860’s America, in the midst of the Civil War. But, if Thomas’s emotive work in Call the Midwife is anything to go by, you can be sure that this adaption of Little Women will be a must-watch.
Heidi Thomas has said, “Little Women is one of the most loved novels in the English language, and with good reason.”
“Its humanity, humour and tenderness never date, and as a study of love, grief and growing up it has no equal. There could be no better time to revisit the story of a family striving for happiness in an uncertain world, and I am thrilled to be bringing the March girls to a new generation of viewers.”
This isn’t the first time Louise May Alcott’s 1868 novel has been adapted. In 1994, Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder starred in the film adaption, alongside Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst.
(The 1994 adaption)
The story has also been performed on Broadway back in 2005, and there are also rumours that a film adaption is in the works.
The BBC adaption is set to air in 2018, on BBC One. Will you be watching?