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January 1, 2006

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Filed under: BBC,Films,Productions,TV,villette,Villette (BBC 1970) — by bronteana @ 7:48 pm

Villette (BBC 1970)

Come on, BBC! I cannot tell if a recording of this is still in existence but surely there must be a chance of it. And if it does exist, why on earth is it not released when thousands of readers adore this book, when we have about 8 or 9 films of Jane Eyre, half a dozen Wuthering Heightses, and about two million works by Jane Austen? This is all I could find out, and all of it from www.imdb.com

director Moira Armstrong

writer Lennox Phillips

Judy Parfitt… Lucy Snowe
Peter Jeffrey…. Paul Emmanuel
Mona Bruce…. Madame Beck
Bryan Marshall…. Dr. John Graham Bretton
Angela Richards…. Ginevra Fanshawe
Mary Healey…. Rosine
Joan Heath…. Mrs. Bretton

ETA: Well, nothing more turned up about the production but I did forget to include a few items. Firstly it was a 5 part mini-series, each episode was 45 minutes in duration. The producer was Martin Lisemore.

Also, a few photos of the cast did turn up. Here are the actors who played our Lucy Snowe and Paul Emmanuel:

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10 Comments »

  1. If you do ever find the Villette series, would you publish the link/source here? I’d LOVE to see them….

    Comment by Irena — May 22, 2008 @ 5:53 am |Reply

  2. I agree. BBC please release the 70’s mini-series & someone make a film already! Villette is nearly as amazing a novel as Jane Eyre! I would love to see it on the big screen!

    Comment by Valerie — November 6, 2011 @ 5:00 am |Reply

  3. I have just read the book for the first time, and I just assumed there had to be a DVD from BBC. I agree with the post, would love to see this released or done again!

    Comment by Amy — January 21, 2012 @ 2:32 am |Reply

  4. Sadly the BBC taped over a lot of their programs, so it’s highly likely that it’s been lost.

    Comment by VeeBee JeeBee — April 25, 2014 @ 2:52 pm |Reply

  5. I was in this series as one of the school girls. I remember a trip out to the river for a picnic and scenes in the classroom.
    I have newspaper clippings with photos.

    Comment by Patricia Bass-Walker — August 27, 2016 @ 7:01 pm |Reply

    • Could you please put them on the internet, for example on Pinterest? Thanks! Ginevrade

      Comment by Hilda Meines — January 16, 2017 @ 8:24 pm |Reply

      • Hi Hilda I will post the photos and cloppings of Villette as soon as I can get my scanner to connect with my Laptop.

        Patricia Bass-Walker

        Comment by Patricia Bass-Walker — January 16, 2017 @ 9:40 pm

      • Hi Hilda I will post the photos and cloppings of Villette as soon as I can get my scanner to connect with my Laptop.

        Patricia Bass-Walker

        Comment by Patricia Bass-Walker — January 16, 2017 @ 9:41 pm

  6. Patricia Bass-Walker. It’s been almost a year since you said you would post the clippings. Where did you post them? Is there a link?
    I would love to see them as well 🙂

    Comment by Krista — October 24, 2017 @ 3:20 am |Reply


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