Am I alone in thinking this very watchable series disappointed in its bizarre ending? Nothing at all like the novel, and I found myself re-checking the box for what I thought was the 'missing' denoument dvd? Very odd. It's as if the money or the steam ran out, to leave us all hanging in space, wondering what on earth happened to Jean Brodie...and her 'gerls'.
I have always thought the sainted Maggie Smith to be a one-trick pony, same part, same ( Scottish or English ) upper crust accent ( identical in 'Gosford Park' as in 'Downton Abbey One, Two, Three', ad nauseum, though that may be down to Julian Fellowes sloppy direction ), same, same, same.... but she is far more Jean Brodie than Geraldine McEwan in this version: tight, icy, manipulative, sexually predatory and unaware of her unwholesome, fascistic, self-referential and dangerous influence on young minds and spirits. Maggie Smith is the better Brodie. McEwan is good, and does her best, but the script seems to require extra 'gerls' and added scenarios ( which do not exist in the novel )to stretch out the series...to the detriment of the very weak ending. Disappointing, but watchable.