‘Little Women’ adaptation in works at the BBC

The BBC announced a LOT of drama today, and one of our favorites includes a new 3-part adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic, Little Women.

Press release:

From the award-winning creator of Call The Midwife Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Ballet Shoes) comes Little Women. Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, this enthralling three-part adaptation will bring to life the iconic March sisters for BBC One. Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary) will direct all three hours. Principal photography is set to begin in July and casting will be announced in due course.

Loved by generations of women worldwide, Little Women is a truly universal coming of age story, as relevant and engaging today as it was on its original publication in 1868. Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother Marmee, while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage.

Writer and Executive Producer, Heidi Thomas says: “Little Women is one of the most loved novels in the English language, and with good reason. Its humanity, humour and tenderness never date, and as a study of love, grief and growing up it has no equal. There could be no better time to revisit the story of a family striving for happiness in an uncertain world, and I am thrilled to be bringing the March girls to a new generation of viewers.”

Executive Producer Colin Callender and Sophie Gardiner says: “The mini-series is a storytelling form unique to television and the opportunity to adapt Louisa May Alcott’s novel over three hours is a gift from the BBC and Masterpiece on PBS. This is a character study of young women rich in texture and detail and it’s an honour to be able to bring it to life in this extended form with the great Heidi Thomas, one of the finest writers working in television today. In the hands of the exciting directorial style of filmmaker Vanessa Caswill we hope to deliver a new screen version that will speak to contemporary audiences, meet the expectations of the book’s ardent fans and bring a whole new generation to this great classic.”

Little Women has been commissioned by Piers Wenger and Charlotte Moore, and will be produced by Playground (Wolf Hall, Howards End) for BBC One. The series is a co-production with Masterpiece on PBS. The producer is Susie Liggat. Executive producers are Colin Callender and Sophie Gardiner for Playground, Heidi Thomas, Lucy Richer for the BBC and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece.