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 ...
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Wealthy, impossible to please lady Polly, whom only gardener Tom's irresistibly charming, indomitably cheerful son Tim, the chauffeur-handyman, can handle, grudgingly lets her late sister's... See full summary »
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?
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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