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The Wide, Wide World: 2: Ellen Meets Miss Fortune
by Susan Warner.
Adapted for television in six episodes by Penelope Fitzgerald.
New England 1850

Ellen Montgomery has been living with her mother in a small hotel in New York. They are devoted to each other with that mixture of affection and duty characteristic of the mid-nineteenth century. But they must part, as Mrs. Montgomery has been ordered to accompany Ellen's father on one of his business trips to Europe in the hope of improving her health and is too poor to take Ellen. She must go to her aunt in New England. But on her first excursion into the wide world by herself she meets great unkindness from a clerk in a store and is made miserable and angry. How will such a sensitive and quick-tempered child get on living with strangers? What sort of life will she have to lead?

Children of the Circus
Cliff Michelmore takes you on a visit to Chipperfield's Circus in Gloucester to meet the children of some of the circus families and the young animals that are their daily playmates.

(to 18.00)


Author (The Wide, Wide World): Susan Warner
Adapted by (The Wide, Wide World): Penelope Fitzgerald
Settings (The Wide, Wide World): Michael Yates
Producer (The Wide, Wide World): Naomi Capon
Ellen: Carol Wolveridge
Timmins, the lady's maid: Beatrice Varley
Mrs. Dunscombe, a rich lady: Natalie Benesch
Margaret, her daughter: Valerie Wyner
A Boston waiter: Neil McCallum
Mr. Forbes, an innkeeper: Robert O'Neill
Mr. Van Brunt, a farmer: Paul Whitsun-Jones
Miss Fortune Emmerson, Ellen's aunt: Helen Horton
Grandma: Virginia Bedard
Presenter (Children of the Circus): Cliff Michelmore
Producer (Children of the Circus): Nicholas Crocker

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BBC Television, 6 April 1954 17.00

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