Carlton announce 'Pollyanna' R2 DVD

Carlton Home Video will release the new ITV1 Drama Pollyanna to DVD on April 15th with an RRP of £15.99. The only extras confirmed are a Stills Gallery, but for now I'll let you peruse the Press Release which details this new Drama that will broadcast in the Spring...

Amanda Burton heads an all star cast in the prestigious ITV1 adaptation of Pollyanna, the classic heart-warming tale set for video and DVD release this spring by Carlton Video. Starring alongside Amanda Burton (Silent Witness) who plays the orphaned Pollyanna's Aunt Polly, are Pam Ferris (Darling Buds of May, Matilda) as bed-ridden Mrs Snow and Kenneth Cranham (Without Motive, Shine on Harvey Moon) as the bitter Mr Pendleton. Ten year old Georgina Terry makes her television debut in the title role.

Based on the classic novel by Eleanor H Porter, Pollyanna is the timeless tale of a little girl who goes to live with her rich but bitter aunt after the tragic death of her beloved father. Her sunny nature, good humour and determination to look on the bright side of life prove to have an astonishing effect on all around her. Pollyanna's irrepressible enthusiasm for life brightens up the sleepy village of Beldingsville particularly when she introduces inhabitants to the "Glad Game" which demonstrates that everyone can find a silver lining in the darkest cloud!

Sadly though, tragedy strikes when Pollyanna has a terrible accident which leaves her paralysed and suddenly it is her Aunt who has the chance to give something back to Pollyanna and turn her own life around.

Eleanor H Porter (1868-1920), a singer turned writer, first published Pollyanna in 1913 and it reached number 2 on the fiction best seller list. Acting legend Helen Hayes starred in the Broadway adaptation in 1916 and "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford played in the first screen version. In 196, the story got the Walt Disney treatment with Hayley Mills a huge success in the title role. It triggered a phenomenon. Pollyanna merchandise, "Glad Clubs" and foreign language translations.

This version of Pollyanna, moves the action from small town USA to village in life pre WW1 England. It was adapted for television by Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Ney, whose recent credits include The Railway Children; produced by Trevor Hopkins (Blonde Bombshell) and directed by Sarah Harding (The Innocent, Clocking off). The film also reunites Simon Nye with executive producer Charles Elton who produced The Railway Children.

Pollyanna will be shown on ITV1 during Spring 2002.

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