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Series cast summary:
Elizabeth Archard Elizabeth Archard ...  Pollyanna 6 episodes, 1973
Elaine Stritch ...  Aunt Polly 6 episodes, 1973
Paddy Frost Paddy Frost ...  Nancy 6 episodes, 1973
Ray McAnally ...  John Pendleton 5 episodes, 1973
Robert Coleby ...  Timothy 5 episodes, 1973
Stephen Galloway Stephen Galloway ...  Jimmy Bean 4 episodes, 1973
Paul Maxwell ...  Dr. Chilton 3 episodes, 1973
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ...  Old Tom 3 episodes, 1973
Valerie Colgan Valerie Colgan ...  Milly Snow 2 episodes, 1973
Mary Healey ...  Mrs Payson 2 episodes, 1973
Mildred Shaw Mildred Shaw ...  Nora Bates 2 episodes, 1973
Lilian Padmore Lilian Padmore ...  Cook 2 episodes, 1973
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Elizabeth Archard plays the overly optimistic orphan, Pollyanna, in this timeless heart-warming BBC mini-series based on the best-selling novel and classic child literature by Eleanor Porter. Pollyanna goes to live with her lonely, bitter old Aunt Polly (Elaine Stritch) after the death of her beloved father. Despite being paralyzed in a horrible accident, her sunny nature and determination to look on the brighter side of life has an astonishing effect on the lives of everyone she encounters, including an old hermit (Donald Bisset), an orphaned boy (Stephen Galloway), and her doctor (Paul Maxwell). Will all the people whose lives she's brightened be able to make her happy again?

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7 October 1973 (UK) See more »

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[first lines]
Aunt Polly: [to herself] Pollyanna? What a ridiculous name!
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Version of Tale of Pollyanna, Girl of Love (1986) See more »

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Elizabeth Archard is superb in the title role
7 January 2001 | by katievoldingSee all my reviews

I saw this BBC series in the 70's and recently bought the video package of the complete episodes. Pollyanna is like a breath of fresh air on a dark, dull and listless day, and she perks you up with her incessant chatter and "I AM glad...." lines. Her youthful exuberance slowly turns the dour grown-ups (like Aunt Polly and Mr Pendleton) into more lively and spontaneous adults. One of the best BBC productions, which I will cherish for years to come.


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