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A Little Princess 

A young girl accustomed to living luxuriously is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her rich father is suddenly broke and dies in far-off India.

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Complete series cast summary:
Maureen Lipman ...  Miss Minchin 6 episodes, 1987
Amelia Shankley Amelia Shankley ...  Sara Crewe 6 episodes, 1987
Miriam Margolyes ...  Miss Amelia 6 episodes, 1987
Annette Badland ...  Cook 6 episodes, 1987
Natalie Abbott Natalie Abbott ...  Becky 6 episodes, 1987
Alison Reynolds Alison Reynolds ...  Ermengarde 6 episodes, 1987
Katrina Heath Katrina Heath ...  Lavinia 6 episodes, 1987
Joanna Dukes Joanna Dukes ...  Jessie 6 episodes, 1987
Johanna Hargreaves Johanna Hargreaves ...  Henrietta 5 episodes, 1987
Jessica Simpson Jessica Simpson ...  Lottie 5 episodes, 1987
Nigel Havers ...  Carrisford 4 episodes, 1987
David Yelland ...  Captain Crewe 4 episodes, 1987
John Bird John Bird ...  Mr. Carmichael 3 episodes, 1987
Annie Lambert ...  Mrs. Carmichael 3 episodes, 1987
Antony Zaki Antony Zaki ...  Ram Dass 3 episodes, 1987
Meera Syal ...  Anna 3 episodes, 1987
Christopher Haley Christopher Haley ...  Donald 3 episodes, 1987
Zoe Mair Zoe Mair ...  Janet 3 episodes, 1987
Alessia Gwyther Alessia Gwyther ...  Nora 3 episodes, 1987
John Grillo ...  Barrow 2 episodes, 1987
Marianne Borgo Marianne Borgo ...  Mariette 2 episodes, 1987
Patsy Rowlands ...  Baker's Wife 2 episodes, 1987
Mia Fothergill Mia Fothergill ...  Waif 2 episodes, 1987


Sara Crewe is the pampered darling of her army-captain father and the Victorian London girls' school where he places her. But when her father dies penniless, Sara becomes a skivvy in Miss Michin's school, befriended only by the scullery maid Becky, her friends Ermengarde and Lottie, a little monkey, a Lascar, and the mysterious man next door. Written by Kathy Li

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21 February 1987 (USA) See more »

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Miss Minchin: I admit I never *liked* the girl.
Miss Amelia: Because she could see through you, that's why! She knew you for what you are, a pity-less, hard-hearted woman who cares for nothing but money!
Miss Minchin: How dare you Amelia! Without my care for *money* as you put it, you would still be a frumpish nursemaid in...
Miss Amelia: I would rather be a *frumpish nursemaid* than accept your values a moment longer!
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She never thought she was a princess, she only tried to behave like one.
9 September 2005 | by catbus23See all my reviews

I have to admit it: I watched this over and over when I was a little girl. It's not often that a story with such a clear moral message is this entertaining. Anyone out there who has kids, especially girls, should find this series and get it for them, they'll love it. The Shirley Temple version can't hold a candle to this one, if you were wondering. The realism is striking, especially in scenes which depict illness or poverty, and the tenderness in the relationships between the characters (or the harshness in some cases) is a feat not often achieved in family television drama. I'd recommend this series to anyone who likes Harry Potter, Pollyanna, Annie, Heidi, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, Labyrinth, Gilliam's Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen or pretty much anything by Hayao Miyazaki. The protagonist of "The Little Princess" is a heroine in the tradition of the girls in all of these stories -- imaginative, patient, courageous and self-sacrificing. You'll love her, and your daughters will too.

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