It was always going to be a tall order for director Vanessa Caswell, taking on one of the most beloved tales of all time. And it appears fans had a mixed reaction to the show, with some calling it “boring”.

However others welcomed a fresh take on the story, saying it boasted a “fantastic screenplay, cast and set”.

With so many adaptations taking place throughout the years, the March sisters have been depicted by numerous different actresses, but one of the most recent castings has proved unpopular.

The decision to cast an older actress as Amy, contradicting the 12-year-old character in Louisa May Alcott’s infamous novel, did not go down well with viewers.

Some viewers argued that the recent adaptation failed to show Amy’s endearing qualities.

Amy has always been a character that inspired a lot of debate, with many readers and viewers finding it hard to forgive her ‘spoilt’ behaviour and betrayal of Jo when she marries Laurie.

Other viewers were keen to give the show, which aired on Boxing Day, a chance, claiming there was “a lot to like” about the series adapted by Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas.

The programme has been compared to another adaptation, The Minaturist, which also aired last night. The adaptation of Jessie Burton’s 2014 novel was more favourably received, hailed as “excellent” and “genre-busting”.

Final episodes of Little Women and The Minaturist air tonight.