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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall 

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In the mid 19th Century, an enigmatic young woman moves to Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone in the village and their prying questions, she remains totally aloof ... See full summary »




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Complete series cast summary:
Toby Stephens ...  Gilbert Markham 3 episodes, 1996
Tara Fitzgerald ...  Helen / ... 3 episodes, 1996
Rupert Graves ...  Huntingdon 3 episodes, 1996
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ...  Rachel 3 episodes, 1996
Jackson Leach Jackson Leach ...  Arthur 3 episodes, 1996
Sean Gallagher ...  Hargrave 3 episodes, 1996
Jonathan Cake ...  Hattersley 3 episodes, 1996
Joe Absolom ...  Fergus Markham 3 episodes, 1996
Kenneth Cranham ...  Reverend Millward 2 episodes, 1996
Pam Ferris ...  Mrs. Markham 2 episodes, 1996
Cathy Murphy Cathy Murphy ...  Miss Myers 2 episodes, 1996
Paloma Baeza ...  Rose Markham 2 episodes, 1996
Aran Bell Aran Bell ...  Richard Wilson 2 episodes, 1996
Miranda Pleasence ...  Eliza Millward 2 episodes, 1996
James Purefoy ...  Mr. Lawrence 2 episodes, 1996
Kim Durham Kim Durham ...  Benson 2 episodes, 1996
Dominic Rowan ...  Lowborough 2 episodes, 1996
Beatie Edney ...  Annabella 2 episodes, 1996
Janet Dale Janet Dale ...  Mrs. Wilson 2 episodes, 1996
Susannah Wise ...  Millicent 2 episodes, 1996
Karen Westwood Karen Westwood ...  Jane Wilson 2 episodes, 1996


In the mid 19th Century, an enigmatic young woman moves to Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone in the village and their prying questions, she remains totally aloof until a charming neighbor farmer gets her to reveal her past through his persistence. Only then does she reveal she is hiding away from a womanizing, belittling husband. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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26 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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Toby Stephens and Tara Fitzgerald who played Gilbert Markham and Helen Graham respectively later had roles in another BBC production, Jane Eyre (2006).Tara Fitzgerald , played Jane's aunt Mrs. Reed, while Toby Stephens played Edward Rochester, Jane's love interest. See more »


As Tara Fitzgerald moves towards the chair where she sits down and reads a letter, a boom mic can be seen slowly creeping into the scene in the mirror above her. See more »


Helen Graham to Gilbert Markham: How is it Dr. Johnson described a second marriage: a triumph of hope over experience?
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Version of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1968) See more »

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Quite good, but there were hints of greatness
7 October 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

This 3 part BBC adaptation of the Anne Bronte novel runs 160 minutes total.

Nicely shot, with a lot of surprisingly modern camera techniques for a Bronte novel. Usually this works well, although occasionally it gets self conscious (a couple too many 360 shots).

The acting is solid, with Tara Fitzgerald an edgy but still empathetic heroine. But Rupert Graves' switch from flawless seducer to "worst man in the world" type villain is a bit over the top, although that may be the material, or approach more than performance. Indeed, at times I could feel Graves (a very good actor) trying to maintain some humanity under the almost Gothic heartlessness.

The music is interesting and effectively anachronistic as well, often sounding something the Cocteau Twins, but as with the cinematography after a while it starts to get both repetitive and too self consciously avant-garde for a story mostly told in a straightforward Masterpiece Theater fashion.

Lastly, the tidy ending bothered me a bit. The film did a good enough job capturing the complex difficulties of life, that I found myself wish for something that felt more honestly open ended.

All that said, I still enjoyed the story, the scenery, and being transported into another time and place as only good storytelling can do. A quite good adaptation, I just wished it was great, and for 30 minutes or so, thought it might be.

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