Drama

Splashy New ‘Little Women’ Adaptation Comes to Masterpiece Next Spring

The ladies of "Little Women" (Photo: Courtesy of MASTERPIECE on PBS, BBC and Playground)

There’s a lavish new drama of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women and it’s coming to PBS’ Masterpiece this Spring!

The three-part drama will follow the story of four sisters on their journey to adulthood. Set against the backdrop of the U.S. Civil War, the March girls must deal with everything from simple sibling rivalry to first love to gender roles in a rapidly changing society.

'Poldark': Season 3 Finale Recap

(Photo:  Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Poldark: Caroline and Dwight get married, because everything else on this show right now is pure misery, and we deserve at least some joy. George knows Valentine is probably not his son, Morwenna’s disgusting husband is forcing himself on her constantly, and Ross and Demelza’s marriage is in shambles again, thanks to Ross’s inability to communicate with his wife, and Demelza’s attraction to Hugh Armitage. Everything is garbage, basically.

Despite the fact that this is a season finale, this episode doesn’t exactly provide anyone with a particularly happy ending. The only folks who seem even remotely happy are the recently married Enyses, and that’s basically just because Dwight and Caroline receive approximately a combined minute of screentime. (That might actually make them lucky and better off, to be honest.)

On the upside, the Poldark finale does seem to finally realize one thing. It’s the women of Cornwell that make this story worth watching. Almost every single interesting thing about this episode is driven by the women in it, a refreshing twist which this show could stand to embrace more often. (And here’s hoping it does, when the series returns next year.)

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