Little Women on Nine PBS
Loved by generations of women worldwide, Little Women is a truly universal coming of age story. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage.
Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, this three-part adaptation from the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Upstairs Downstairs) will be directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary).
With their father away at war, the March sisters come to terms with their new life.
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Episode 1 - May 13, 2018
Christmas, 1861. The March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – and their mother Marmee prepare for Christmas without presents and without their father, a Union army chaplain away at war. Learning to appreciate the smaller things in life, the sisters strike up a friendship with their charming new neighbor Laurie and his tutor John Brooke.
Episode 2 - May 20, 2018
As Marmee waits by her husband’s sickbed in the army hospital, the March sisters must learn to cope without their parents. Beth helps a poor German immigrant family suffering from scarlet fever, but her life is thrown into danger as she also falls ill, and Amy is sent away to take over as Aunt March’s companion.
One year later, the March family gathers as they are faced with devastating news. With new responsibilities, Jo is consumed by grief and frustration, only alleviated through writing. She pens a heartfelt poem, which is publicly well-received. In Europe, Laurie and Amy reunite and grow close, their friendship blossoming into love. They return home to greet the March’s with unexpected news.
Meet the March Family
Are you ready to meet the March family? Whether you’ve always fancied the free-spirited Jo, the saintly Beth, or one of the family’s colorful neighbors, get a sneak peek at who will play your favorite character in MASTERPIECE’s all-new adaptation of Little Women.
The artistic and impulsive youngest daughter, Amy March has always been a character that is either loved or hated. No matter how you feel about her, there’s no denying that Amy’s creative talent and happy-go-lucky approach to life make her a force to be reckoned with.
Kathryn Newton is known for her roles in critically-acclaimed titles such as Big Little Lies, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Lady Bird. She can currently be seen in the blockbuster Blockers, alongside Leslie Mann and John Cena, and will soon appear in Ben is Back with Julia Roberts.
Kind, tender, and gentle–the second-youngest, Beth, has lived on in the minds of Little Women fans as the most selfless March sister. Whether caring for her beloved kittens or her fellow man, Beth’s infinite compassion makes her the sister we all strive to be.
Welsh actress Annes Elwy has appeared in King Arthur: Excalibur Rising and The Passing. In 2018, she will appear in the thriller Apostle with Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens.
A longtime fan favorite, Jo March is the model for outspoken, independent, sharp-witted girls everywhere. The young author’s journey from awkward tomboy to accomplished woman has dared generations of girls to dream big, work hard, and find a happy ending apart from the Laurie in their life.
This is newcomer Maya Hawke’s first role. In the near future, she can be seen in Stranger Things, Season 3.
Ever responsible and nurturing, the challenges of eldest sister Meg are all too familiar to the “first borns” among us. Whether she’s quelling a disagreement, or mending her sister’s damaged dress, Meg’s patience is truly legendary. A bit of a romantic at heart, Meg’s dream of falling in love and starting a family seems unlikely, until she meets tutor John Brooke.
Actress Willa Fitzgerald has appeared on primetime TV shows such as Gotham, Royal Pains, and Scream: The TV Series. She is scheduled to appear in the upcoming feature film The Goldfinch alongside stars Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, and Jeffrey Wright.
Stuffy, snobby, and with a quip at the ready, the March girls’ curmudgeonly Aunt March suffers no fools. Whether she’s chiding Jo for being unladylike, or berating Meg for marrying a pauper–Aunt March knows what’s best, and she won’t let anyone forget it.
Star of stage and screen Angela Lansbury is perhaps best known as sleuth Jessica Fletcher from TV series Murder, She Wrote, which aired for twelve seasons and brought her worldwide recognition. Some of her first film roles, Gaslight (1944) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) earned her two Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe. She is scheduled to appear in the upcoming Disney film Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep.
March family neighbor Laurie Laurence fueled the original “Will they or won’t they? “–and disappointed generations of readers in the process. The young, wealthy playboy shakes up the March sisters’ quiet existence when he arrives in Concord, prompting first crushes, deep confessions, and unrequited love.
Before joining Little Women, actor Jonah Hauer-King appeared in TV mini series Howards End with Matthew Macfadyen. In the future, he can be seen in Ashes in the Snow, and A Dog’s Way Home, starring Ashley Judd.
Saintly matriarch “Marmee” March is the picture of the perfect mother–loving, patient, and always a step ahead of her girls. Despite the challenges of being a single parent during the Civil War, Marmee’s strength and conviction never falters.
Actress Emily Watson has recently starred in The Theory of Everything and TV mini series Genius. She first rose to prominence when she played Bess in Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves (1996), a performance which earned her an Oscar nomination. In 2018, she will appear in a new TV adaptation of King Lear, alongside Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
The March family’s mysterious neighbor Mr. Laurence may seem intimidating at first, but beyond his hard outer shell of is a compassionate, generous core. Laurie’s grandfather can be uncompromising and a bit harsh, but a nostalgic piano melody or small act of kindness will bring out the best in this gentle giant.
Michael Gambon recently starred as Winston Churchill in Churchill’s Secret, as seen on MASTERPIECE. He may be best known as Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films, and later Gambon starred in another J.K. Rowling story: a TV adaptation of The Casual Vacancy.