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Anne of Green Gables (1972 television miniseries)

Produced by BBC Television, this television production of Anne of Green Gables aired as a five-episode miniseries in 1972. It starred Kim Braden as Anne, Barbara Hamilton as Marilla, and Elliott Sullivan as Matthew.

Release dates
20, 27 February, 5, 12, 19 March 1972

Runtime
5 episodes x 45 min.

Director
Joan Craft

Writer
Julia Jones (dramatized by)

Cast
Kim Braden (Anne Shirley), Elliott Sullivan (Matthew Cuthbert), Barbara Hamilton (Marilla Cuthbert), Avis Bunnage (Rachel Lynde), Jan Francis (Diana Barry), Robin Halstead (Gilbert Blythe), Kate Beswick (Miss Stacey), Kim Hardy (Ruby Gillis), Zuleika Robson (Jane Andrews), Angela Walker (Josie Pye), and Helen Horton (Mrs. Barry).

IMDB
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0187699/

This BBC miniseries appears to have faded into obscurity, 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 (1975). 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).

Cast

Episode 1

Matthew Cuthbert: ELLIOTT SULLIVAN

Thomas Lynde: EDMOND BENNETT

Rachel Lynde: AVIS BUNNAGE

Marilla Cuthbert: BARBARA HAMILTON

Anne Shirley: KIM BRADEN

Station Master: LARRY CROSS

Mrs. Spencer: JOY HARINGTON

Mrs. Blewitt: MARIA CHARLES

Episode 2

Anne Shirley: KIM BRADEN

Matthew Cuthbert: ELLIOTT SULLIVAN

Marilla Cuthbert: BARBARA HAMILTON

Rachel Lynde: AVIS BUNNAGE

Mrs. Barry: HELEN HORTON
Diana Barry: JAN FRANCIS

Mary Joe: MITZI WEBSTER
Minnie May: SHARON O’LEARY

Josie Pye: ANGELA WALKER
Gilbert Blythe: ROBIN HALSTEAD

Ruby Gillis: KIM HARDY
Jane Andrews: ZULEIKA ROBSON

Miss Stacey: KATE BESWICK
Lucilla Harris: VALERIE COLGAN

Thomas Lynde: EDMOND BENNETT
Jerry Buote: BRENT OLDFIELD

Episode 3

Anne Shirley: KIM BRADEN

Marilla Cuthbert: BARBARA HAMILTON

Matthew Cuthbert: ELLIOTT SULLIVAN

Rachel Lynde: AVIS BUNNAGE

Diana Barry: JAN FRANCIS

Mrs. Barry: HELEN HORTON
Miss Stacey: KATE BESWICK

Gilbert Blythe: ROBIN HALSTEAD
Ruby Gillis: KIM HARDY

Jane Andrews: ZULEIKA ROBSON
Josie Pye: ANGELA WALKER

Mary Joe: MITZI WEBSTER
Minnie May: SHARON O’LEARY

Doctor: ROBERT MacLEOD

Episode 4

Anne Shirley: KIM BRADEN

Marilla Cuthbert: BARBARA HAMILTON

Matthew Cuthbert: ELLIOTT SULLIVAN

Rachel Lynde: AVIS BUNNAGE

Diana Barry: JAN FRANCIS

Ruby Gillis: KIM HARDY
Jane Andrews: ZULEIKA ROBSON

Gilbert Blythe: ROBIN HALSTEAD
Josie Pye: ANGELA WALKER

Mrs. Barry: HELEN HORTON
Pedlar: FREDDIE EARLLE

Episode 5

Anne Shirley: KIM BRADEN

Marilla Cuthbert: BARBARA HAMILTON

Matthew Cuthbert: ELLIOTT SULLIVAN

Diana Barry: JAN FRANCIS

Rachel Lynde: AVIS BUNNAGE

Ruby Gillis: KIM HARDY
Jane Andrews: ZULEIKA ROBSON

Gilbert Blythe: ROBIN HALSTEAD
Josie Pye: ANGELA WALKER

Further Reading

Times (London). TV listings. 19 February 1972, 8.



Published on 11 August 2007; last updated on 8 February 2024. Please contact the site owner with additions, corrections, questions, and suggestions.