After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.






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Series cast summary:
Daphne Slater Daphne Slater ...  Jane Eyre 6 episodes, 1956
Stanley Baker ...  Mr. Rochester 5 episodes, 1956
Dorothy Black Dorothy Black ...  The Mad Woman 5 episodes, 1956
Joyce Chancellor ...  Leah 5 episodes, 1956
Barbara Everest ...  Mrs. Fairfax 5 episodes, 1956
Philip Howard Philip Howard ...  Footman John 5 episodes, 1956
Valerie Smith Valerie Smith ...  Adele 4 episodes, 1956
Jane Hardie Jane Hardie ...  Blanche Ingram 3 episodes, 1956
Jane Henderson Jane Henderson ...  Grace Poole 3 episodes, 1956
Roger Snowdon Roger Snowdon ...  Mr. Mason 3 episodes, 1956
Peter Bathurst Peter Bathurst ...  Colonel Dent 2 episodes, 1956
Mary Hignett ...  Lady Ingram 2 episodes, 1956
Eric Lander Eric Lander ...  St. John Rivers 2 episodes, 1956
Benedicta Leigh Benedicta Leigh ...  May Ingham 2 episodes, 1956
Phyllis Morris Phyllis Morris ...  Hannah 2 episodes, 1956
Michael Partridge Michael Partridge ...  Lord Ingram 2 episodes, 1956
Iris Russell Iris Russell ...  Diana Rivers 2 episodes, 1956
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ...  Mrs. Reed 2 episodes, 1956
Jennifer Wright ...  Mary Rivers 2 episodes, 1956


After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

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Following the huge increase in domestic television set ownership in Britain in the 1950s this was the first attempt by the BBC to see if there was an audience for a classic drama serial. It was recorded 'as live' and survives in its entirety, extremely rare for a programme of the period. See more »


Version of Jane Eyre (1910) See more »

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By episode 4 or 5 it was scaring the life out of me!
24 July 2010 | by g6lambertSee all my reviews

I was 9 or 10 when I first watched this version. I was OK with the first episodes and in fact the sight of the mad lady creeping around Thornfield in the dead of night was at first quite fascinating. I remember the eerie music and only seeing her feet or the candlestick she was holding. But it was when she enters Jane's bedroom and one sees her for the first time and she tears up the wedding veil that really scared me and I felt quite frightened when I went to bed for a few nights even when my mother and father were decorating right outside my bedroom door! I managed to persevere though and I watched it again when it was repeated a few months later.

I wonder how this 1956 serial would come over today?

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24 February 1956 (UK) See more »

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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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