When does Little Women start on BBC One, who’s in the cast with Michael Gambon and Angela Lansbury and what’s it about?


LITTLE WOMEN is a classic novel that has been adapted on countless occasions, thanks to its timeless storyline and lovable characters.

It will once again be gracing our TV screens, as the BBC have announced a major new adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved book with an all-star cast. Here’s the lowdown…

 This is the first glimpse at the Little Women in the BBC One drama.

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This is the first glimpse at the Little Women in the BBC One drama.

What do we know about the new Little Women adaptation and when will it air?

The novel is being brought to the small screen by Call The Midwife creator Heidi Thomas.

It will be directed by My Mad Fat Diary’s Vanessa Caswill and produced by Playground, the company behind TV shows Wolf Hall and The Missing.

Little Women began filming in July in Ireland. It is expected to air on BBC One around Christmas time.

It will be a three-part series.

 Michael Gambon has been cast as the family’s neighbour Mr Laurence

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Michael Gambon has been cast as the family’s neighbour Mr Laurence

What is Little Women about?

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott that was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869.

Taking place during the Civil War, the books follow four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March – during their journey from childhood to womanhood.

With the help of their mother Marmee while their father is away at war, the sisters navigate their way through growing up and what it means to be a woman, from gender roles to sibling rivalry, love, marriage and loss.

It became a huge success instantly and has been adapted for film six times over the years, as well as being made into four TV series.

Mostly famously it was adapted in 1994 for the big screen, staring Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst and Claire Danes.

It received huge critical acclaim and helped land Winona – who played Jo – a best actress nomination at the Academy Awards.

 The three part series is based on the classic novel

The three part series is based on the classic novel

Who is in the new Little Women?

The BBC have pulled in an all-star cast. Here’s who’s in it:

Michael Gambon

The Harry Potter actor is taking on the role of the family neighbour Mr Laurence.

Michael, 76, is well known for this role as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the final six Harry Potter films after the death of previous actor Richard Harris.

Angela Lansbury

Murder She Wrote’s Angela Lansbury has been cast as Aunt March.

The award winning 91-year-old is best known for playing fictional writer and sleuth Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote.

Other cast announced

Emily Watson has been cast as the matriarch of the family – Marmee March.

The role of the four sisters has been given to four relative newcomers.

Maya Hawke is playing Jo, Willa Fitzgerald (Scream: The TV Series) is eldest daughter Mega, Beth is being played by Annes Elwy and Big Little Lies star Kathryn Newton is youngest sister Amy.

Jonah Hauer-King, who appeared in TV mini-series Howards End, will play charming boy next door Laurie Laurence.

Dylan Baker who starred in The Good Wife and The Americans is playing Mr March, the army chaplain who’s called away to war, but is a doting father to the girls.

Julian Morris of Pretty Little Liars fame will be John Brooke, Laurie Laurence’s (Jonah Hauer-King) earnest and intelligent tutor.

Mark Stanley star of Broken is Professor Bhaer, a sensitive literary man caring for his two orphaned nephews.

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