Little Women reimagined

By Mike Donlan -

Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story of Little Women follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love to loss and marriage.

Tune in to WGCU HDTV on Sunday, June 3 at 6 p.m. for the two parts of the Masterpiece adaptation of Little Women. (Viewers streaming the show on PBS Player will find the same show in three parts.)

Those who read Louisa May Alcott’s book might find it interesting to revisit the story in light of social and cultural changes that have taken place since their first reading, not to mention since its publication in two volumes in 1868 and 1869.

What’s been noted by early viewers of this PBS adaptation is a different storyline for Jo than found in the book. No spoilers here, but let’s just say that your age and perspective on marriage may end up being the deciding factor on whether you like this twist in the story.

Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke’s daughter Maya Hawke makes her acting debut as Jo March alongside Angela Lansbury, Emily Watson and Michael Gambon in this adaptation. The drama was scripted by Heidi Thomas, well-known to PBS audiences for her acclaimed adaptations of Call the Midwife and Cranford. Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary) directed.

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