Runtime: 5 episodes x 45 min.
Release dates: 20, 27 February, 5, 12, 19 March 1972
Production Companies: BBC Television
Director: Joan Craft
Dramatist: Julia Jones
Producer: John McRae
Principal Cast: Kim Braden (Anne Shirley), Elliott Sullivan (Matthew Cuthbert), Barbara Hamilton (Marilla Cuthbert), Avis Bunnage (Rachel Lynde), Jan Francis (Diana Barry), Helen Horton (Mrs. Barry), Robin Halstead (Gilbert Blythe), Kate Beswick (Miss Stacy).
Although comparatively recent, this BBC miniseries appears to have faded into obscurity. Despite detailed researching, I have not been able to locate a screening copy of it, and it does not appear to have ever aired in North America. The London Times called it “the new tea-time classic” but never offered a more detailed review. Rebroadcast on BBC between 5 August and 2 September 1973, it was followed by a sequel, Anne of Avonlea. Barbara Hamilton had also played Marilla in Anne of Green Gables: The Musical between 1965 and 1968 and then had the recurring role of Eulalie Bugle in Sullivan Entertainment’s Road to Avonlea (1990-1996).
TV listings. London Times, 19 February 1972, 8.