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The Woman in White 

In Victorian England, Laura and her half-sister Marian are entwined in a terrifying web of deceit. Laura's doppelganger, a mysterious woman dressed all in white, may hold the key to unlock the mystery.




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Series cast summary:
Diana Quick ...  Marian Halcombe 5 episodes, 1982
Ian Richardson ...  Frederick Fairlie 5 episodes, 1982
John Shrapnel ...  Sir Percival Glyde 5 episodes, 1982
Jenny Seagrove ...  Laura Fairlie 5 episodes, 1982
Kevin Elyot Kevin Elyot ...  Louis 5 episodes, 1982
Alan Badel ...  Count Fosco 4 episodes, 1982
Daniel Gerroll ...  Walter Hartright 4 episodes, 1982
Georgine Anderson ...  Countess Fosco 4 episodes, 1982
Anna Lindup Anna Lindup ...  Fanny 4 episodes, 1982
Deirdra Morris Deirdra Morris ...  Anne Catherick 3 episodes, 1982
Anna Wing Anna Wing ...  Mrs. Clements 3 episodes, 1982
Carol MacReady ...  Mrs. Michelson 3 episodes, 1982
Jeannie Crowther Jeannie Crowther ...  Margaret Porcher 3 episodes, 1982
Andrew Carr Andrew Carr ...  Fletcher 3 episodes, 1982
Hilary Sesta Hilary Sesta ...  Madame Rubelle 3 episodes, 1982


Late one night, Walter Hartright meets a mysterious woman dressed in white who bestows a cryptic warning. Hartright takes up the post of drawing teacher to half sisters, Marian and Laura. He is startled to find that Laura bares a striking resemblance to the woman in white. Later, Laura's marriage to an aristocrat puts them all in the middle of a sinister plot. Written by L. Hamre

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Release Date:

12 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Женщина в белом See more »

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(5 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Ian Richardson plays the same role in both this and a later adaptation of the story: The Woman in White (1997). See more »


Version of Woman in White (1949) See more »

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The best version ever!
21 June 2010 | by tajci38See all my reviews

Its 28 years since I watched this excellent BBC serialisation, and its memory is still fresh in my mind, from Alan Badel's wonderfully sinister Count Fosco, Georgine Anderson's icy Madame Fosco to Ian Richardson as the languid valetudinarian Mr Fairlie.. and all the other excellent characterisations from the rest of the cast. My first reaction on viewing it was to regret not possessing a video recorder, my second was to purchase the book, which I still re-read with pleasure. Please, please BBC release this on DVD or, failing that, has anyone a VHS copy made at the time of screening? This otherwise rather stingy Scotsman (!) would happily part with his money to obtain a copy...that's how good I think it is.

PS Today, July 5, I have just discovered that a DVD of this series is now available on Amazon..I've already ordered my copy!!

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