Little Women Miniseries PBS Masterpiece

Little Women Miniseries Coming to PBS

PBS and Masterpiece are about to take on a true masterpiece.

The classic Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women is being adapted into a three-part miniseries for Masterpiece, PBS announced Thursday. Playground, the production company behind PBS’ 2015 Emmy nominee Wolf Hall, will produce.

Set in Massachusetts during the Civil War, Little Women follows the March sisters — Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy — as they develop into womanhood while their father is away at war. Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas will pen the three-part adaptation, with Vanessa Caswill (BBC America’s Thirteen) directing.

Little Women was previously turned into a 1994 film starring Winona Ryder as Jo and Claire Danes as Beth. The CW attempted a dystopian sci-fi reboot in 2015 with Bull star Michael Weatherly executive-producing, but that was scrapped before it made it to air.

Little Women is one of the most loved novels in the English language, and with good reason,” Thomas said in a statement. “Its humanity, humor and tenderness never date, and as a study of love, grief and growing up it has no equal. There could be no better time to revisit the story of a family striving for happiness in an uncertain world, and I am thrilled to be bringing the March girls to a new generation of viewers.”

Little Women fans, who do you want to see playing the March sisters? Hit the comments with your casting ideas.     

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9 Comments
  1. MissEllys says:

    They never get this book right. They always condense it too much or make it all about Jo. We never get to see Meg’s trials in married life or Amy’s travels in France or Jo’s experiences in New York, etc, etc.
    But maybe they will do just the first half of the book in one miniseries and the second half in another? In my dreams…

  2. s-k-s says:

    I’d love to see an adaptation of Geraldine Brooks’ March (about the absent father’s experience), or even mix the two together.

    I’m hopeful a mini series will give the full story justice.

  3. Liz says:

    Ha. I just finished reading the book (again), and was thinking we were about due for another adaptation of this. Glad it is a mini-series which hopefully means they will have enough time to do the material justice.

  4. Garbo says:

    Meg – Dakota Fanning
    Jo – Elle Fanning
    Beth – Oona Laurence
    Amy – Angourie Rice

    Question remains, will PBS go with American actresses for these quintessentially American characters or mix it up a bit ? For what it’s worth, for Marmee, both Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts would be perfect, but if they stick to American actresses, it would be nice to see the oft-overlooked and acting-wise criminally underrated Ashley Judd getting the chance to dig into an iconic role for once. My two cents.

  5. Douglas from Brazil says:

    Isn’t Little Women already airing on Lifetime?

  6. I still like the Katharine Hepburn version best. With the exception of seeing the already beautiful Elizabeth Taylor, the June Allison version is far inferior to the Wynona Ryder one. Great casting in all three. Handsome Peter Lawford and Gabriel Byrne as Prof. Baer; Janet Leigh as Meg; Margaret O’Brien, Clare Danes as Beth; Joan Bennett and Liz as Amy; Susan Sarandon and Mary Astor as Marmee. And the great Edna May Oliver and C. Aubrey Smith in the original as Aunt March and Mr. Lawrence. They will have a huge task to cast this version with as much talent as in the previous ones.

  7. lrdslvrhnd says:

    Good to hear that the dystopian one was canned… I hope so was the Oliver Twist where she’s a master thief with a heart of gold or whatever the hell it was is also…

  8. Cynthia says:

    Excited to have PBS Masterpiece Theatre do this. I would love to see more development of each character than previous adaptations. I would love to see a multi season production based on this book!

  9. Amelia says:

    Do you think there’s any hope of auditions happening in Massachusetts, or on-location filming? I’ve loved Little Women since I was a kid, and my dream is to play Beth in some adaptation––I’m an early-career professional actor, but still look young enough to play a teenager. Even just to be an extra in this series would be a dream come true.