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Initial post: 8 Mar 2009 14:53:31 GMT
adam ant says:
Does anyone remember East Lynne from 1982 with Martin Shaw? I only saw it on tv the once, but have always remembered it. Quick summery-Period drama,wife leaves husband and children, takes babywith her. Is in train crash. Baby dies,shes disfigured. Comes back in disguise and dark veil to work as her own childrens governess to be close to them. On her death bed her husband finds out who she is. No joy in finding it anywhere,only the book is available

Posted on 11 Oct 2009 18:05:14 BDT
M. Dowden says:
I don't think that this title has yet been released by the BBC, you would have to contact them to find out if and when they plan to release it.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2009 12:04:23 GMT
marcustandy says:
I remember this version very well indeed and would love a copy of it but regrettably thre BBC has never released it

Posted on 6 Apr 2010 08:39:34 BDT
B. J. Rowe says:
I have been trying to get a copy of this for years, it was one of the best movies I have ever watched,

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2010 21:24:38 BDT
I have tried everywhere to get a copy, it's not available anywhere...By the way, the book is brilliaant.

Posted on 23 Sep 2010 12:31:06 BDT
R. A. Caton says:
This is where the famous line "Dead, Dead, and never called me Mother!" comes from, isn't it?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2010 18:53:04 BDT
That's right (ish). I actually thought Martin Shaw was totally miscast as Carlyle - but loved it anyway. As someone said above, the book is a peach of Victorian melodrama.

Posted on 27 Sep 2010 18:04:22 BDT
Tollerton says:
I loved this, but did the line "Dead, dead, and never called me Mother" actually appear in Mrs. Henry Wood's novel, or is it one of those wonderful cliches that are perpetuated because they are so melodramatic?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2010 17:16:35 GMT
This was also on Radio 4 as a serial in the 80's, thoroughly enjoyed it but missed the last episode and have never heard it , have asked the BBC regularly if they will release it on audio book but to no avail, would love to see the bbc production,

Posted on 23 Nov 2010 18:12:31 GMT
M. Dowden says:
The problem with the BBC is that anything new they show they seem to have out on dvd within days of it ending. At the same time there backlog is ever growing from all the things that people are still waiting to be released.

Posted on 27 Nov 2010 19:46:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Nov 2010 19:49:10 GMT
R. A. Caton says:
Tollerton.... It's not in the novel, it was in a dramatization of the time. In the BBC film? alas, don't know.
It's one of those phrases that lends itself to parody... as with Eccles' response "Perhaps you were his father" in the Goon Show....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Lynne

Posted on 15 Dec 2010 19:51:18 GMT
A. D. McLean says:
It was a wonderful adaptation of a truly enjoyable book. The casting was totally brilliant,except for Martin Shaw, and what I really liked was how close they kept it to the book, almost scene for scene. Been trying to get a copy for years and would do not really understand why the BBC have withheld it.

Posted on 15 Dec 2010 19:52:45 GMT
A. D. McLean says:
It was a wonderful adaptation of a truly enjoyable book. The casting was totally brilliant,except for Martin Shaw, and what I really liked was how close they kept it to the book, almost scene for scene. Been trying to get a copy for years and would do not really understand why the BBC have withheld it.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2010 15:33:01 GMT
I totally agree, it was a wonderful book, my all time favourite, I've read it many times over and the part where her son dies still makes me cry, I love the BBC adaptation and can't understand why the BBC have released everything they've made but not East Lynne, I would love to see it again.

Posted on 6 Jan 2011 19:56:08 GMT
J. Keutgen says:
I thought the 1982 production was a brilliant adaptation of the book, which I have read, and have been watching out for a DVD for ages. It was originally broadcast in two parts and subsequently repeated as a single, double-length episode about a year later. I do have a recording, which I am watching at the moment. This was recorded from the original two-part analogue transmission onto Betamax and has subsequently been copied onto DVD, but obviously a DVD made from the original recording, which at that time would probably have been on 2" Quad VTR, would be better.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2011 11:35:31 GMT
J. Good says:
pity Martin Shaws credits on wikipedia doesnt include this performance as I and many others remember it

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2011 02:00:47 GMT
I too taped this on vhs in 1982.Clips of this are on youtube if you put East Lynne after Martin Shaw as it does not come up just with his name.The person who puts it on youtube claims Martin made this before the Pros which is rubbish.I like Cassidy as well and that is not on dvd either.wikipedia is not good at putting all credits on sites for lots of actors.Nor does it list talking books or all plays.Judi Perth

Posted on 18 Feb 2011 00:03:45 GMT
Further to the dead and never called me mother quote .My late Mum saw the play which was the American translation of the book and this line is in that.It was a very long time ago and she saw the 1982 tv show and was waiting for this line and of course it is in neither book or on tv.She lived in Kent until 1942 so the play was before that.Judi Perth

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2011 13:06:23 GMT
M. Kraus says:
Why not get it on ebay? We'd all buy a copy!

Posted on 26 Apr 2011 21:18:23 BDT
I too have been looking for this film for years! I watched it with my gran, and we both cried our eyes out!!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2011 16:02:00 GMT
If you ever manage to track down a video or dvd of East Lynne would you let me know.
I have seen an american version but I would prefer the one with Martin Shaw in it.

Posted on 6 Dec 2011 05:15:59 GMT
A. I. Gaurd says:
Martin Shaw was great in this although I do remember the newspapers at the time making fun of him because his character cried and they thought it was wrong for "Doyle" to be blubbing his eyes out!

Posted on 16 Feb 2012 10:38:40 GMT
Haze says:
Haze would like to add that she knows of at least 4 people that would love to purchase the dvd of East Lynne should the BBC decide to release it,

Posted on 16 Feb 2012 10:40:32 GMT
Haze says:
Haze would like to add that she knows of at least 4 people that would love to purchase the dvd of East Lynne should the BBC decide to release it,

Posted on 28 Sep 2013 15:05:52 BDT
adam ant says:
a few years on people and still no sign of it :( such a pity
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