Siblings Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë 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 Brontë 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. Brontë'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. Brontë suffers the most mournful existence a parent can imagine: outliving all of his gifted children.
Packaging: Boxed set Run Time: 260 minutes Format: Full screen Number of Discs: 2 Language: English Subtitles: No Color or B&W: Color CC: No SDH: Yes Region Code: 1 Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Rating: NR 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.