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Alice in Wonderland 

One of the most well-known stories begins one golden summer afternoon. Alice is sitting on a riverbank with her sister when a fully-dressed, talking rabbit runs past her. She follows the ... See full summary »
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Kate Dorning Kate Dorning ...  Alice 4 episodes, 1986
Jonathan Cecil ...  White Rabbit 4 episodes, 1986
Sarah Jane Curran Sarah Jane Curran ...  Alice's sister 4 episodes, 1986
David Leonard David Leonard ...  Lewis Carroll 4 episodes, 1986
Alison Neil Alison Neil ...  Alice's sister 4 episodes, 1986
Philip Trewinnard Philip Trewinnard ...  Duckworth 4 episodes, 1986
Jill Goldstone Jill Goldstone ...  Duck 3 episodes, 1986
Frank McGregor Frank McGregor ...  Monkey 3 episodes, 1986
Stephanie Simm Stephanie Simm ...  Frog 3 episodes, 1986
Simon J. Williamson Simon J. Williamson ...  The Robin 3 episodes, 1986
Mark Bassenger Mark Bassenger ...  Knave of Hearts 2 episodes, 1986
Tessa Crockett Tessa Crockett ...  Monkey 2 episodes, 1986
Claire Davenport Claire Davenport ...  Duchess 2 episodes, 1986
Pip Donaghy Pip Donaghy ...  Mad Hatter 2 episodes, 1986
Freda Dowie ...  Cook 2 episodes, 1986
Andrew Dunford Andrew Dunford ...  Executioner 2 episodes, 1986
Neil Fitzwiliam Neil Fitzwiliam ...  March Hare 2 episodes, 1986
Colin Gallacher Colin Gallacher ...  Parrot 2 episodes, 1986
Janet Henfrey Janet Henfrey ...  Queen of Hearts 2 episodes, 1986
Brian Oulton ...  King of Hearts 2 episodes, 1986
Joanne Rolfe Joanne Rolfe ...  Alice's sister 2 episodes, 1986
Elisabeth Sladen ...  Dormouse 2 episodes, 1986
Barry Stearn Barry Stearn ...  Parrot 2 episodes, 1986
Michael Wisher ...  Cheshire Cat 2 episodes, 1986
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One of the most well-known stories begins one golden summer afternoon. Alice is sitting on a riverbank with her sister when a fully-dressed, talking rabbit runs past her. She follows the rabbit down the hole and enters a nonsensical world where it seems the normal rules of logic do not apply. In Wonderland, Alice participates in a winner-less race, alternates between being tiny and giant, hears riddles at a "mad" tea party, plays croquet with live flamencos, and attends a trial where the Knave of Hearts is accused of stealing the Queen's tarts. Join Alice as she encounters the Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and others as she makes her way through Wonderland. JOAN STRIBLING HAIR,MAKE-UP,,PROSTHETICS DESIGNER 'ALICE IN WONDERLAND' BBC

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5 January 1986 (UK) See more »

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(4 episodes)

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This serial reunited the Jon Pertwee era Doctor Who (1963) production team of Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks, but their roles were reversed, with Dicks now in charge. See more »

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BBC take on the Lewis Carroll classic
20 October 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Alice in Wonderland has always been a personal favourite, its structure is episodic admittedly, but the atmosphere, memorable scenes and character as well as Lewis Carroll's way of writing has always been captivating. The various versions of the book, as adaptations and on their own merits, have been interesting and mostly good(only 3 that I've rated 6 and below, two animated versions- not Disney- and Tim Burton's). Along with the Natalie Gregory and the 1983 theatre versions this BBC adaptation is one of the most faithful ones. It's not perfect, the pacing is creaky at times and the scene with Alice stuck in White Rabbit's house takes too long(not really one of the most interesting parts of the book either). The sets are very colourful and fanciful though, and the costuming is to be admired(very detailed even for many of the animal characters being in heavy prosthetics and masks), particularly for the White Rabbit, the Dodo and the Frog Messenger. The photography does have a slightly dated look but is still nice. The music doesn't detract from the storytelling at all, it has a real whimsy and charm and there is an attempt to make it true to Carroll's writing. The writing does a great job capturing the humour, whimsy and way of words that makes Carroll's writing and storytelling so good, it's also very faithfully adapted with lines almost word for word.

The story has all the crucial scenes intact, and is told with a great deal of charm, appealingly oddball nature and whimsical colour, the best scenes being the ones with the Duchess and Mad Hatter tea party. There are times like with the Natalie Gregory adaptation(which is still very good, hit-and-miss casting and songs aside) that the faithfulness can let the pace sag though. The idea of book-ending the 4 parts with Carroll(in his Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, his real name, guise) narrating the story to Alice(Liddell I believe) and her sister was a very good idea and done beautifully. The acting is good, Kate Dorning is too old for Alice but she still gives a spirited and appealingly winsome performance. In the supporting roles, particularly good were Michael Wisher as a quietly menacing but suave Cheshire Cat, Pip Donaghy's appropriately weird Mad Hatter, Jonathan Cecil as a nervous White Rabbit and the intimidating Queen of Hearts of Janet Henfrey. You have to like Elizabeth Sladen(Dr Who's Sarah Jane) as Dormouse, and David Leonard was great as Carroll himself. All in all, faithful and colourful if at times creaky adaptation of a classic. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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