Siblings Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Bronte experienced soaring artistic achievements and personal tragedies. This finely crafted British miniseries follows England's most accomplished literary family from their sheltered childhoods to their complex lives as adults. Written by poet and playwright Christopher Fry; with Michael Kitchen (Foyle's War) and Barbara Leigh- Hunt (Pride and Prejudice). 5 episodes, 4 hrs 20 min, 2 DVDs, SDH.
Episode 1: The Little King
The comfortable childhood shared by Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Branwell Bronte instills in them boundless creativity and a passion for learning. But their sheltered upbringing creates difficulties as each makes his or her way into the world beyond the moors.
Episode 2: Home and Abroad
Branwell finds his artistic hopes dashed and makes a painful decision, while Charlotte and Emily further their education in Brussels. Anne faces challenges as the governess of a wealthy family, and a cholera epidemic strikes back home with tragic consequences.
Episode 3: Delusion's Song
As Mr. Bronte's health fades, his daughters find success in crafting their stories, and Charlotte publishes a book of poems. Branwell's self-destructive behavior takes a turn for the worse, reducing him to a shadow of his once-brilliant self.
Episode 4: Rewarding Destiny
The year 1847 brings excitement for the sisters with the publication of their novels and a life-changing voyage to London to prove to their publisher that each sister is an author in her own right. But sorrowful events soon overshadow the glow of success.
Episode 5: Silent Is the House
Charlotte's wide acclaim as an author brings her father much pleasure, and her quiet life takes a surprising turn when she receives a marriage proposal. In the end, however, Mr. Bronte suffers the most mournful existence a parent can imagine: outliving all of his gifted children.
- Background information on the Brontes' home in Haworth
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 260 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of Discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Other: Due to the age of these programs and the improved resolution that DVD provides, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and audio on this DVD presentation that were beyond the studio's ability to correct from the original materials.
"Fine performances . . . compelling"--The Independent on Sunday (UK)
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Design (1974)