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Classic TV: Brontes of Haworth (1973) – #2 – Home and Abroad


Classic Series from Yorkshire TV written by Christopher Fry and with an excellent cast

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The melancholy music that runs throughout this British drama sets the tone for the story of one of England’s most well-known literary families. As it opens, the surviving four children of the Rev. Patrick Bronte enjoy a close childhood in the sheltered environment of the parsonage at Haworth. In his youth, son Branwell (1817-48, played by Michael Kitchen) fails to live up to the family’s high expectations, engaging in an unwise romantic liaison and drinking too much. The lives of Charlotte (1816-55), Anne (1820-49), and Emily (1818-48) provide insight into the limitations on women in this period. Sadly, all four siblings died before age 40, so we’ll never know their true potential.

Episode 1 – The Little King

The comfortable childhood shared by Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Branwell Bronte instills in them boundless creativity and a passion for learning. But their sheltered upbringing creates difficulties as each makes his or her way into the world.

Episode 2 – Home and Abroad

Branwell finds his artistic hopes dashed and makes a painful decision, while Charlotte and Emily further their education in Brussels. Anne has challenges as the governess of a wealthy family, and a cholera epidemic strikes back home with tragic consequences.

Episode 3 – Delusion’s Song

As Mr. Bronte’s health fades, his daughters find success in crafting their stories, and Charlotte publishes a book of poems. Branwell’s self-destructive behavior takes a turn for the worse, reducing him to a shadow of his once-brilliant self.

Episode 4 – Rewarding Destiny

The year 1847 brings excitement for the sisters with the publication of their novels and a life-changing voyage to London to prove to their publisher that each sister is an author in her own right. But sorrowful events soon overshadow the glow of success.

Episode 5 – Silent is the House

Charotte’s wide acclaim as an author brings her father much pleasure, and her quiet life takes a surprising turn when she receives a marriage proposal. In the end, however, Mr. Bronte suffers a mournful existence: outliving all his gifted children.

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