As other (I suspect forty-something) reviewers have said, this is the classic, and best, adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett story about the redemptive power of a garden. I remembered it lovingly from my childhood, and I wasn't disappointed seeing it thirty years later.
The BBC in 1973 did a magical serialisation of the other Burnett classic, 'A Little Princess'. Having hunted high and low to get it on DVD, can I now start a campaign on amazon to see if BBC will consider putting it out on DVD?
I can remember this the first time round, and for some reason, it scared the bejesus out of me. Well, now I analise it, it does make some sense, as it is set in a big, dark old house, with a screaming unseen (at first) small child and sad music played on a cor anglais or oboe.
It is now, watched through adult eyes, a charming tale and perfect for rainy Sunday afternoons. Well done BBC; your period dramas are the best in the world!
I have always found this version of the Secret Garden, the best in my opinion, to be utterly charming and enthralling. Loved it when it was first shown on the BBC, and still enjoy it now. However I could be slightly biased, as one of the cast - William Marsh who plays John - was my best friend at school.
I watched this series twice in the 1970s, in 1975 when it was first broadcast then again when it was repeated on a Sunday afternoon in 1976, I was totally captivated by Sarah Hollis Andrews who played the part of Mary Lennox, I thought she stole the show with her brilliant performance, the picturesque setting was very enjoyable too.
If you want to see a classic tale wonderfully told then this is the DVD for you.
Although this is not a very recent video, it is my favorite version of this classic tale. It feels to me like the author intended it to be - a gentle story of gradual redemption, set in a past that we can only visit in our imagination, or in productions like this.
I always remember watching this as a child and could not wait to let my 6 yr old watch it once she had read the early readers version of the book. She loved it, and I loved watching it again! It moves at a very slow and gentle pace, very different from children's TV programmes now. Its not up to today's HD standard and some of the acting can be a little wooden but to us it is a classic.
As a ten month old baby i was included in this particular production im in the 3rd episode and i was most intriged to see this. My part was too small to be included in the credits so you will have to take my word for it.