Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March will grace our screens in a new adaptation of Little Women on BBC1 this Christmas. This three-part dramatisation of Louisa May Alcott’s much-loved 1868 novel promises to be lavish as it brings the story to a new generation of fans.
The matriarch of the March family, Marmee, will be played by Apple Tree Yard’s Emily Watson.
The March sisters will be played by four young actresses. Newcomer Maya Hawke (daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman) takes the role of adventurous Jo, Willa Fitzgerald (MTV’s Sccream) will play the eldest daughter Meg, Annes Elwy (King Arthur: Excalibur Rising) will play Beth, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) takes the role of the youngest sister Amy.
The story is set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and a country deeply divided. It follows the lives of the four March sisters from childhood to adulthood as their father is away fighting.
Touching on issues ranging from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss, grief and marriage, it explores what it means to be young women.
There have been a ton of film and TV adaptations over the years, including a 1949 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, and most recently a 1994 film starring Winona Ryder, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst.
Does the BBC’s new adaptation live up to the original novel?