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Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige, and Lucy Boynton headline director Sandra Goldbacher's made-for-television adaptation of author Noel Streatfield's classic novel of the same name. The setting is 1930s London. Orphans Pauline (Watson), Petrova (Paige), and Posy Fossil (Boynton) have all been adopted by eccentric explorer Professor Brown (aka "Gum"), and raised as sisters by Brown's benevolent niece Sylvia (Emilia Fox). Before the three girls get to know their adventurous adoptive father, however, Gum vanishes for over a decade. Though her faithful retainer, Nana (Victoria Wood), does her best to keep the family afloat, Sylvia simply can't keep up with the demands of raising a family, and her health begins to deteriorate. Eventually, faced with dwindling financial resources, she decides to take in lodgers. Those who arrive as household guests include the lively academics Dr. Smith (Harriet Walter) and Dr. Jakes (Gemma Jones), plus curvy dance instructor Theo Dane (Lucy Cohu) and kind-but-pensive Mr. Simpson (Marc Warren). As the nontraditional family begins to see their lives changed by these new arrivals in ways that they never anticipated, Pauline, Petrova, and Posy enroll in the local theater school and set about establishing themselves as stars of the stage. But while Pauline dreams of becoming a world-famous actress and Posy longs to grow into a graceful ballerina, Petrova just wants to take to the sky as an aviator. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:August 26, 2008

Cast

Emilia Fox
as Sylvia
Emma Watson
as Pauline Fossil
Yasmin Paige
as Petrova Fossil
Lucy Boynton
as Posy Fossil
Richard Griffiths
as Great Uncle Matthew
Victoria Wood
as Nana
Marc Warren
as Mr. Simpson
Lucy Cohu
as Theo Dane
Gemma Jones
as Dr. Jakes
Harriet Walter
as Dr. Smith
Eileen Atkins
as Madama Fidolia
Heather Nicol
as Winifred
Mary Stockley
as Miss Jay
Teresa Churcher
as Clara
Skye Bennett
as Young Sylvia
Peter Bowles
as Sir Donald Houghton
Don Gallagher
as Mr. French
Gresby Nash
as Leopold Neville
Adrian Lester
as Mr. Sholsky

Crew

Sandra Goldbacher
Director
Heidi Thomas
Producer
Piers Wenger
Producer
Heidi Thomas
Screenwriter
Peter Breenhalgh
Cinematographer
Kevin Sargent
Composer (Music Score)
Adam Recht
Editor
Jeff Tessler
Production Designer
Damien Timmer
Executive Producer
Heidi Thomas
Executive Producer
Michele Buck
Executive Producer
Matthew Hamilton
Line Producer
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