The Edwardians (1972–1973)
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Edith Bland was a very successful author and poet who wrote under the name _E. Nesbit_. Many of her books were for children and several, such as The Railway Children (1970), were turned ... See full summary »

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James Cellan Jones

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Ken Taylor
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Episode cast overview:
Judy Parfitt ... E. Nesbit
James Villiers ... Hubert Bland
Jane Lapotaire ... Alice Hoatson
Michael Menaugh Michael Menaugh ... Paul Bland
Jenifer Armitage Jenifer Armitage ... Iris Bland
Simon Fisher-Turner Simon Fisher-Turner ... Fabian Bland (as Simon Turner)
Christopher Vale Christopher Vale ... John Bland
Rosalyn Landor ... Rosamund Bland
Brigid Erin Bates Brigid Erin Bates ... Mary
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Edith Bland was a very successful author and poet who wrote under the name _E. Nesbit_. Many of her books were for children and several, such as The Railway Children (1970), were turned into film. Edith married Hubert Bland and theirs was a different relationship as it included another woman, Alice Hoatson, who lived with them. Both Edith and Alice bore Hubert Bland two children and both women seemed to have accommodated themselves to living under the same roof. Edith was eccentric and loved to write, particularly poetry which it is said she wished she had spent more time writing. The loss of her son Fabian when he was only 15 years-old was a particular shock. She and her husband were founding members of the Fabian Society, which was named after her beloved son. Written by garykmcd

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5 December 1972 (UK) See more »

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a tale of a writer and a mouse
14 September 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

'The Edwardians' presented six stories of people within the Edwardian age - made in colour, most now exist in black and white only, and 'E Nesbit' is one of those episodes.

The loss of colour aside, there is much to treasure here. Judy Parfitt, James Villiers, Jane Lapotaire in the cast, quotes from Nesbit books and poems, and a story, although a little slow, which does engross the viewer.

On its own, 'E Nesbit' is an interesting drama and portrait of a popular writer. Within the series it sits uneasily amongst portrayals of inventors, performers, politicians, and tricksters, all with their separate characteristics. It does suffer from only existing in a sub-standard print which doesn't present it as intended, but somehow there is enough here to make it still worthwhile.


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