First picture released from BBC1's new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women...

Here’s the first picture from BBC1’s new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women, which features an all-star cast, including Murder, She Wrote legend Angela Lansbury.

Adapted by the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife, Heidi Thomas, the three-hour drama is set against the backdrop of of the American Civil War.

The beloved coming-of-age story, first published in 1868, follows the four March sisters: Jo, played by newcomer Maya Hawke, Meg, played by Willa Fitzgerald (Scream: The TV Series, Misfortune), Beth, played by Annes Elwy (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) and Amy, played by Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Halt and Catch Fire), on their journey from childhood to adulthood.

With the help of their mother Marmee (Emily Watson) while their father is away at war, and accompanied by the charming boy next door Laurie Laurence (Jonah Hauer-King), the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage.

Dame Angela Lansbury plays the cantankerous Aunt March and Michael Gambon is their benevolent neighbour Mr. Laurence.

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Murder, She Wrote star Angela Lansbury is among the cast of Little Women

Writer and executive producer Heidi Thomas, had previously said: “Little Women is one of the most-loved novels in the English language, and with good reason.

“Its humanity, humour and tenderness never date and as a study of love, grief and growing up, it has no equal.

“There could be no better time to revisit the story of a family striving for happiness in an uncertain world and I am thrilled to be bringing the March girls to a new generation of viewers.”

Little Women is expected to air on BBC1 next year.