Fans holding breath on CBC's new Anne show

Dave Stewart
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Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley and Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert appear in a scene from the TV movie,  "Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne Of Green Gables."

Will the eight-episode TV series stay true to Lucy Maud Montgomery's book


u CBC will produce an eight-episode TV series that will air in 2017.

u YTV will air a two-hour TV movie on Feb. 15 called "Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables'', starring Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert, Ella Ballentine as Anne and Sara Botsford as Marilla Cuthbert.

u Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote Anne of Green Gables in 1905, drawing from her own experiences and on the rural life and traditions of P.E.I.

u Her manuscript was rejected by several publishers so the author put it away in a hat box.

u In 1907, she found the manuscript again, re-read it, and tried to have it published again.

u The novel was published in 1908.

u More than two dozen different adaptations have been brought to TV, film and the stage over the years.

u One of the most well known version was the Kevin Sullivan miniseries in 1985 that starred Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth.

Organizations: CBC, L.M. Montgomery Literary Society, The Guardian Kevin Sullivan Confederation Centre National Arts Centre Cows Department of Tourism

Geographic location: Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, Minnesota Ottawa Avonlea Village Cavendish United States

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Recent comments

  • Anonymous
    January 18, 2016 - 16:06

    I thought Matthew was descried as having long gray hair up to the bottom of his neck. At least Anne looks accurate.

  • Jamie
    January 18, 2016 - 07:29

    Absolutely love Anne of Green Gables, love visiting PEI and truly experiencing the story. Loved the original with Megan Follows...all other versions have paled in comparison in my opinion!

  • james
    January 17, 2016 - 10:50

    cbc exists for one reason to promote the FIBERALS

  • Fed up
    January 17, 2016 - 10:38

    L.M.Montgomery must be turning in her grave, the people who are making a fortune off her work - and she died a pauper. Her family, actors, government (charging us to walk through the house she wrote about...after changing everything about her story!). They should be ashamed!!!

  • John MacInnis
    January 17, 2016 - 09:51

    I like the idea of Anne with auburn hair and blue eyes, so maybe a woman who's pretty from New York City could play the part.