Anne of Avonlea (1975 Television Miniseries)

Country: Britain

Language: English

Runtime: 6 episodes x 55 minutes

Release date: 26 January, 2, 9, 16, 23 February, 2 March 1975

Production Companies: BBC Television

Director: Joan Craft

Dramatist: Elaine Morgan

Producer: John McRae

Source Material: From L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island

Principal Cast: Kim Braden (Anne Shirley), Barbara Hamilton (Marilla Cuthbert), Madge Ryan (Rachel Lynde), Christopher Blake (Gilbert Blythe), Jan Francis (Diana Barry), David Garfield (Mr. Harrison), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Davy Keith), Annabelle Lanyon (Dora Keith), Sabina Franklyn (Philippa Gordon), Anthony Forrest (Roy Gardner)

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0187698/

Like the 1972 miniseries Anne of Green Gables, this BBC miniseries was believed to be lost, but it was released on DVD in 2006. Based on Montgomery’s novels Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island, it follows Anne’s trials and tribulations as a young adult in Avonlea, from her first experiences as a teacher, her involvement in the romantic lives of others, and her university career, which is wrapped up in the final two episodes. The London Times claims the series “promises much” (25 January 1975) and pronounces it “delightful” (1 March 1975), but it does not offer a more detailed review. Rebroadcast on BBC between 2 January and 6 February 1977.

Merchandise

DVD

Anne of Avonlea. Based on the Novels by L.M. Montgomery. KOCH Entertainment, 2006.

Further Reading

Times (London). TV listings. 25 January 1975, 8.

Times (London). TV listings. 1 March 1975, 8.

Credits

Opening Credits (All Episodes)

ANNE OF AVONLEA

Dramatised by ELAINE MORGAN

From
L.M. MONTGOMERY’S
Anne of Avonlea and
Anne of the Island

Ending Credits (Episode 1)

Anne Shirley: KIM BRADEN

Marilla Cuthbert: BARBARA HAMILTON

Rachel Lynde: MADGE RYAN

Gilbert Blythe: CHRISTOPHER BLAKE
Diana Barry: JAN FRANCIS

Mr. Harrison: DAVID GARFIELD
Mary Keith: CORAL ATKINS

Ruby Gillis: KIM HARDY
Jane Andrews: ZULEIKA ROBSON

Charlie Sloane: PETER SETTELEN
Fred Wright: MARTIN NEIL

Davy Keith: NICHOLAS LYNDHURST
Dora Keith: ANNABELLE LANYON

Paul Irving: KEITH STEVEN
Anthony Pye: IAN ALLIS

Cliffie Wright: PHILIP DA COSTA
Barbara Shaw: SIMONE KRIEGER

Music Arranged by ED WELCH
Played by JIM HUGHES

Film Cameraman: PHIL MEHEUX
Film Sound: STAN NIGHTINGALE
Film Editor: ALASTAIR MacKAY

Costumes: JOYCE RIXON MACKEN
Make-up: CHRISTINE BEVERIDGE

Studio Lighting: PETER CATLETT
Studio Sound: ALAN FOGG

Script Editor: ALISTAIR BELL

Designer: ANTONY THORPE

Producer: JOHN McRAE

Directed by JOAN CRAFT

BBC COLOUR
© BBC 1974

Ending Credits (Episode 2)

Anne Shirley: KIM BRADEN

Marilla Cuthbert: BARBARA HAMILTON

Rachel Lynde: MADGE RYAN

Gilbert Blythe: CHRISTOPHER BLAKE
Diana Barry: JAN FRANCIS

Mr. Harrison: DAVID GARFIELD
Uncle Abe: ROBERT HENDERSON

Ruby Gillis: KIM HARDY
Fred Wright: MARTIN NEIL

Judson Parker: ED BISHOP
Charlie Sloane: PETER SETTELEN

Davy Keith: NICHOLAS LYNDHURST
Dora Keith: ANNABELLE LANYON

Paul Irving: KEITH STEVEN
Anthony Pye: IAN ALLIS

Cliffie Wright: PHILIP DA COSTA
Barbara Shaw: SIMONE KRIEGER

Music Arranged by ED WELCH
Played by JIM HUGHES

Film Cameraman: PHIL MEHEUX
Film Sound: STAN NIGHTINGALE
Film Editor: ALASTAIR MacKAY

Costumes: JOYCE RIXON MACKEN
Make-up: CHRISTINE BEVERIDGE

Studio Lighting: PETER CATLETT
Studio Sound: ALAN FOGG

Script Editor: ALISTAIR BELL

Designer: ANTONY THORPE

Producer: JOHN McRAE

Directed by JOAN CRAFT

BBC COLOUR
© BBC 1974

Ending Credits (Episode 3)

Anne Shirley: KIM BRADEN

Marilla Cuthbert: BARBARA HAMILTON

Rachel Lynde: MADGE RYAN

Gilbert Blythe: CHRISTOPHER BLAKE
Diana Barry: JAN FRANCIS

Mr. Harrison: DAVID GARFIELD
Mrs. Harrison: BARBARA ANGELL

Miss Lavendar: KATHLEEN BYRON
Judson Parker: ED BISHOP

Ruby Gillis: KIM HARDY
Jane Andrews: ZULEIKA ROBSON

Charlie Sloane: PETER SETTELEN
Fred Wright: MARTIN NEIL

Davy Keith: NICHOLAS LYNDHURST
Dora Keith: ANNABELLE LANYON

Paul Irving: KEITH STEVEN
Charlotte IV: CLAIRE LEWIS

Mrs. Charlotte E. Morgan: SUSAN FIELD
Mrs. Pendexter: JENNIFER CROXTON
Priscilla: SANDY DICKINSON

Music Arranged by ED WELCH
Played by JIM HUGHES

Film Cameraman: PHIL MEHEUX
Film Sound: STAN NIGHTINGALE
Film Editor: ALASTAIR MacKAY

Costumes: JOYCE RIXON MACKEN
Make-up: JUDY THONGER

Studio Lighting: PETER CATLETT
Studio Sound: ALAN FOGG

Script Editor: ALISTAIR BELL

Designer: ANTONY THORPE

Producer: JOHN McRAE

Directed by JOAN CRAFT

BBC COLOUR
© BBC 1974

Ending Credits (Episode 4)

Anne Shirley: KIM BRADEN

Marilla Cuthbert: BARBARA HAMILTON

Rachel Lynde: MADGE RYAN

Gilbert Blythe: CHRISTOPHER BLAKE
Diana Barry: JAN FRANCIS

Miss Lavendar: KATHLEEN BYRON
Stephen Irving: ANTHONY AINLEY

Ruby Gillis: KIM HARDY
Jane Andrews: ZULEIKA ROBSON

Charlie Sloane: PETER SETTELEN
Fred Wright: MARTIN NEIL

Davy Keith: NICHOLAS LYNDHURST
Dora Keith: ANNABELLE LANYON

Paul Irving: KEITH STEVEN
Charlotte IV: CLAIRE LEWIS

Mrs. Charlotte E. Morgan: SUSAN FIELD
Mrs. Pendexter: JENNIFER CROXTON

Priscilla: SANDY DICKINSON
Billy Gillis: STUART McGUGAN

Thomas Lynde: GORDON STERNE
Mrs. Blewitt: MARIA CHARLES

Music Arranged by ED WELCH
Played by JIM HUGHES

Film Cameraman: PHIL MEHEUX
Film Sound: STAN NIGHTINGALE
Film Editor: ALASTAIR MacKAY

Costumes: JOYCE RIXON MACKEN
Make-up: CHRISTINE BEVERIDGE

Studio Lighting: PETER CATLETT
Studio Sound: ALAN FOGG

Script Editor: ALISTAIR BELL

Designer: ANTONY THORPE

Producer: JOHN McRAE

Directed by JOAN CRAFT

BBC COLOUR
© BBC 1974

Ending Credits (Episode 5)

Anne Shirley: KIM BRADEN

Marilla Cuthbert: BARBARA HAMILTON

Rachel Lynde: MADGE RYAN

Gilbert Blythe: CHRISTOPHER BLAKE
Diana Barry: JAN FRANCIS

Ruby Gillis: KIM HARDY
Jane Andrews: ZULEIKA ROBSON

Charlie Sloane: PETER SETTELEN
Fred Wright: MARTIN NEIL

Davy Keith: NICHOLAS LYNDHURST
Dora Keith: ANNABELLE LANYON

Philippa Gordon: SABINA FRANKLYN
Roy Gardner: ANTHONY FORREST

Miss Patty: PEGGY LEDGER
Miss Maria: GABRIELLE BLUNT

Aunt Jimsie: EILEEN ERSKINE
Jonas Blake: DAVID TROUGHTON

Young Men: STEVE PRESTON, PHILIP FOWLER

Music Arranged by ED WELCH
Played by JIM HUGHES

Film Cameraman: PHIL MEHEUX
Film Sound: STAN NIGHTINGALE
Film Editor: ALASTAIR MacKAY

Costumes: JOYCE RIXON MACKEN
Make-up: CHRISTINE BEVERIDGE

Studio Lighting: PETER CATLETT
Studio Sound: ALAN FOGG

Script Editor: ALISTAIR BELL

Designer: ANTONY THORPE

Producer: JOHN McRAE

Directed by JOAN CRAFT

BBC COLOUR
© BBC 1974

Ending Credits (Episode 6)

Anne Shirley: KIM BRADEN

Marilla Cuthbert: BARBARA HAMILTON

Rachel Lynde: MADGE RYAN

Gilbert Blythe: CHRISTOPHER BLAKE
Roy Gardner: ANTHONY FORREST

Diana Barry: JAN FRANCIS
Jane Andrews: ZULEIKA ROBSON

Philippa Gordon: SABINA FRANKLYN
Jonas Blake: DAVID TROUGHTON

Davy Keith: NICHOLAS LYNDHURST
Dora Keith: ANNABELLE LANYON

Aunt Jimsie: EILEEN ERSKINE
Mrs. Gardner: BETTY McDOWALL

Mrs. Blythe: HAZEL BAINBRIDGE
Mrs. Evans: VALERIE COLGAN

Music Arranged by ED WELCH
Played by JIM HUGHES

Production Assistant: JANE SHIRLEY
Production Unit Manager: MARGOT HAYHOE

Costumes: JOYCE RIXON MACKEN
Make-up: CHRISTINE BEVERIDGE

Studio Lighting: PETER CATLETT
Studio Sound: ALAN FOGG

Script Editor: ALISTAIR BELL

Designer: ANTONY THORPE

Producer: JOHN McRAE

Directed by JOAN CRAFT

BBC COLOUR
© BBC 1974