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A New Perspective on the Classic Little Women

By Natalyn Klump

Little Women

There are some stories that never lose their appeal, and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is one of them!

Presented by Masterpiece, the new, three-part adaptation of Little Women features a dynamic cast including the legendary Angela Lansbury as the cantankerous Aunt March. Vivacious young actresses Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy and Kathryn Newton play the four March sisters: Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy. The script is written by Heidi Thomas, who scored a tremendous hit with Call the Midwife.

Set in Concord, Massachusetts, against the backdrop of the Civil War, the novel follows the sisters on their journey from childhood to adulthood. Since their father, Robert (Dylan Baker), is serving in the Union Army, Marmee (Emily Watson) must take on the full responsibility for raising the children. She guides them as they navigate the trails and triumphs of sibling rivalry, first loves, loss and marriage.

“Raising four children is a recipe for heartache, headache and indigestion,” proclaims the indomitable Lansbury as Aunt March. Speaking for herself she says, “I like to leave myself at home…the person who arrives on the set is hopefully akin to the character I’m going to play.”

The first episode of Little Women airs Sunday, May 13 at 8 p.m. on SCETV.

Don’t want to wait each week to watch? With SCETV Passport, members can watch all three parts on the night of the premiere. SCETV Passport is a member benefit providing you with extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming. Donate at least $75 annually, or $6.25 monthly, to receive access to SCETV Passport. If you’re already a member at one of those levels and need assistance accessing your SCETV Passport, please contact passport@etvendowment.org or 1-877-253-2092.