TV Movie | Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In her filthy cell in Newgate prison Moll Flanders, dubbed 'the wickedest woman in England' tells her story. Born in the gaol, after her mother is transported Moll is raised by the kindly ... See full summary »
This adaptation moves the setting of the novel forward a few decades. In the novel, adding up the dates reveals that Moll first goes up to London in the late 1630s, and begins her career as a thief in the 1660s. In this movie, however, these events are associated with Moll attending two plays, "The Country Wife" (1675) and "The Way of the World" (1700). The costumes are appropriate to this later period.
When this mini-series first aired on British TV, in the final episode, Moll is led to what she believes is her death. The cart in which she travels passes behind a large blue van, clearly visible in the foreground.
There are two music scores for this film. One by Mark Springer and an award-winning score by Jim Parker. The Mark Springer score can be found on the WGBH Home Video edition and the Jim Parker score can be found on the recent BFS Video edition. Both are excellent scores, but the Jim Parker seems to have a bit more songs and the music is more memorable is sweet, whereas Mark Springer's is dark and noir.