A contest was held to determine who would portray Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler in this mini-series, but Joanne Whalley-Kilmer and Timothy Dalton were cast instead of the contest winners.
While on the set of this mini-series,, Timothy Dalton officially announced his resignation from the role of James Bond on April 11, 1994.
Tara, Scarlett's home place, was painstakingly re-created for this mini-series in the Carolinas, using film footage from Gone with the Wind (1939), and photos as reference. The original, on which it is modelled, had been built in California, but did not exist any longer.
A practicing witch was consulted during the planning of the childbirth scene in Ireland, which shows an old midwife administering potions and remedies during a complicated birth.
On a Siskel & Ebert episode each picked their choices on who to play Scarlett and Rhett. Siskel picked Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin, while Ebert picked Meryl Streep and Timothy Dalton. Siskel claimed Dalton would not be imposing enough for the role and had a whiny quality that would not fit Rhett.
The Hill of Tara in Ireland was re-created in another location, also in Ireland, for this mini-series, because the real location was not deemed impressive enough for international audiences.
The contest for a replacement female co-star, was U.K. media discussed simultaneously to Timothy Dalton's support appearance for Sam Wanamaker at the most densely packed (U.K. non-Award), celebrity event "Save the Rose Theatre" campaigns, public PR day, May 1989. The official start date likely only released in American periodicals.