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January 1, 2006


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1968)

I stumbled across this film adaptation while trying to find more information on the 1970 production of Villette. It turned out haply that Bryan Marshall, the actor who played Dr. Graham Bretton in Villette, also played Gilbert Markham in this 1968 production of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall! He is also well known as Captain Wentworth from the earliest available BBC production of Persuasion by Jane Austen- and he was in Vanity Fair.

Director: Peter Sasdy

Writer: Christopher Fry

Producer: David Conroy

Janet Munro…. Helen Graham

Jeremy Burring…. Arthur

Nicola Davies…. Esther Hargreaves

William Gaunt…. Lawrence

Bryan Marshall…. Gilbert Markham

Corin Redgrave…. Huntingdon


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

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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