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Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War) stars in the literary family biopic

On DVD February 7, 2012

The Dramatic Lives of the Literary Legends

Silver Spring, MD — Starring Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War, My Week with Marilyn) in one of his early roles, THE BRONTËS OF HAWORTH arrives on DVD from Acorn Media on February 7, 2012 ($39.99, 5 episodes, Written by poet and playwright Christopher Fry (The Lady’s Not for Burning), this finely crafted portrait explores the soaring artistic achievements and personal tragedies of England’s most accomplished literary family (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights). Featuring a stellar ensemble cast and an outstanding script, this acclaimed period drama is a sensitive exploration of the Brontës’ tender and tragic family history. The miniseries aired in the U.K. in 1973 but has not aired on U.S. television.

Under the care of their father, the Reverend Patrick Brontë (Alfred Burke, Public Eye, Enemy at the Door), siblings Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne have a childhood rich in learning and imagination. As the precocious youths grow into adults, however, son Branwell (Michael Kitchen) struggles to live up to his family’s high expectations, and the women have difficulty adapting to the world outside of Haworth. While the sisters eventually find commercial success and critical acclaim for their writing, Branwell descends into self-destruction, triggering a series of misfortunes that beset the family. This period drama authentically explores the tender and tragic family history that is as much the Brontë legacy as their literary works.

The Brontes also stars Barbara Leigh-Hunt (Pride and Prejudice), Vickery Turner (The Good Soldier), and Benjamin Whitrow (Tom Jones).

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Street Date: February 7, 2012
SRP: $39.99
DVD 2-Disc Set: 5 episodes; approx. 260 min.; 4:3 full screen; SDH subtitles
BONUS: Background information on the Brontës’ home in Haworth

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The Brontes of Haworth is distributed by ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment; one of the world’s leading international TV distribution, home-entertainment and merchandising & licensing businesses.

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