The Woman in White (2018– )
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Episode #1.1 

After a haunting encounter with a woman dressed all in white, drawing master Walter Hartright is struck by a startling resemblance between her and his beautiful new pupil Laura Fairlie.


Carl Tibbetts


Wilkie Collins (novel), Fiona Seres




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jessie Buckley ... Marian Halcombe
Ben Hardy ... Walter Hartright
Olivia Vinall ... Laura Fairlie / Anne Catherick
Dougray Scott ... Sir Percival Glyde
Charles Dance ... Frederick Fairlie
Art Malik ... Erasmus Nash
Joanna Scanlan ... Mrs. Vesey
Ivan Kaye ... Pesca
Ruth Sheen ... Mrs. Clements
Clare McMahon Clare McMahon ... Fanny
James Flynn James Flynn ... Louis
Cathy Belton ... Mrs. Hartright
Jesse Magee Jesse Magee ... Jacob
Matthew Lawson Matthew Lawson ... Boy
Frankie McCafferty ... Proprietor


In 1859 England, young artist Walter Hartright leaves London for Cumberland to teach drawing to half-sisters Marian Halcombe and Laura Fairlie, who reside with their wealthy recluse uncle, Frederick Fairlie, at his grand country home. Before leaving for Cumberland, Walter has a brief and strange encounter in the park with a sad, mysterious young woman in white, who pleads for help and then disappears. Walter overhears a man warning others in the park to beware of a woman in white, whom he says escaped from an asylum. In Cumberland, Walter is struck by Laura's resemblance to the woman in white. When Laura falls in love with Walter, Marian advises caution but, on hearing of his London experience, tells him of a woman called Anne Catherick, who once lived locally. After Laura receives a letter advising her against marrying the wealthy Sir Percival Glyde, Walter meets Anne, who owns to sending the letter, stating her reasons. Written by don @ minifie-1

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21 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


There is a discussion of dreams and the impact of the subconscious, however the concept of the subconscious was pioneered by Pierre Janet, who was born in 1859 (See Wikipedia). The same year in which the novel was published. See more »


Marian Halcombe: How is it men crush women time and time again and go unpunished?
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Who's that Girl?
22 April 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The classic story from Wilkie Collins is given a makeover for 2018, following a string of adaptations. Question is was it any good?

Part 1, the first thing I'm struck by is the creepy, almost bleak atmosphere. When you read the text you quickly become very aware that it's very Gothic, slightly dark, this debut episode managed that. Secondly, in this day and age of reinterpretation and artistic license I'm surprised by the accuracy so far, I have no doubt that changes will follow, but the most well known part of this story is the first encounter between Walter and the Woman in White, to have changed that would have been a travesty. It's very well acted, Charles Dance as always grabbed my attention instantly.

It looks good, it sounds good, it's well acted and faithful, I must applaud the BBC for doing a historical drama such as this, at times I did find it a little laboured and slow in parts, but I genuinely think that's just the way the story is told, not the production. I'm hopeful this will be very good. 7/10

BBC if you're reading I always enjoy a remake, but let's have something different, why not something from Frances Durbridge, his works's not been produced for ages.

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