‘The Woman in White’

(Above: PBS’ adaptation of ‘The Woman in White.’ Source: PBS)

The Woman in White, a five-part adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ seminal 1859 mystery novel, starts streaming on PBS.org and airing on PBS stations Sunday night at 10 pm (but check your local listings for exact days/times in your area).

A quick plot summary: Following an encounter with a mysterious woman in white (Jessie Buckley), a young teacher (Ben Hardy) finds himself drawn into a web of mystery and deception.

This series originally ran on the UK’s BBC One in April.

As you might have guessed, there have been numerous previous adaptations of The Woman in White.

They date back to the silent era, including this 1917 adaptation, with Florence LaBadie playing two roles:

One feature film was made from Collins’ novel: a 1948 flick starring Alexis Smith, Eleanor Parker, Sidney Greenstreet and Gig Young. You can see it on Thursday,  October  25 at 6 pm ET over Turner Classic Movies, which is available via Playstation Vue packages and as a $5 add-on to Sling TV.

Here’s a 1997 British TV movie, which also aired on PBS.

A previous five-part British miniseries aired in 1982. You can stream it free on YouTube.

Here’s part one:

You can also read the novel, for free from Project Guttenberg.

Episodes of PBS’ The Woman In White will be available free for two weeks on PBS.org, local station sites, and PBS apps following their weekly debuts.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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