Moll Flanders (DVD)
The BBC’s acclaimed 1975 adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s notorious 18th century classic. Starring Julia Foster, Kenneth Haigh and Ian Ogilvy.
"Twelve years a whore, five times a wife, once to her own brother, twelve years a thief and eight years a transported felon in Virginia." – Daniel Defoe
Based on the bawdy 18th century novel by Daniel Defoe, this acclaimed BBC adaptation tells the racy tale of a whore, wife, thief, felon and penitent. Starring Julia Foster, Kenneth Haigh and Ian Ogilvy.
Born into poverty and raised by gypsies, Moll Flanders survives on seduction, cunning and wit. Men find her irresistible but she’s determined to live her life on her own terms. It’s a story of opportunism, endurance and survival that speaks as strongly today as it did to its very first audience.
Moll’s life is brimming over with sexual encounters and escapades, including marrying an aristocrat, running away, meeting Humphrey and travelling to America to live with him on his Virginian plantation. It later turns out that his mother is also her mother…
Returning to England she embarks on a dangerous life of thievery and prostitution, and soon becomes a wanted criminal.
Adapted by Emmy winner Hugh Whitemore (84 Charing Cross Road).
“Whitemore's adaptation is bright, chilly and droll – lusty, but not at all smutty.” – Washington Post