GenreComedy, Romance Final episode dateJanuary 1, 1995 CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date1 January 1995 (1995-01-01) (United Kingdom TV)
10 May 1996 (1996-05-10) (United States theatrical) Based onCold Comfort Farm
by Stella Gibbons WriterMalcolm Bradbury (screenplay), Stella Gibbons (novel) CastEileen Atkins (Judith Starkadder), Kate Beckinsale (Flora Poste), Sheila Burrell (Ada Doom), Stephen Fry (Mybug), Freddie Jones (Adam Lambsbreath), Joanna Lumley (Mary Smiling) Similar moviesKate Beckinsale appears in Cold Comfort Farm and Much Ado About Nothing
TaglineShe discovered a new branch of her family tree... the one with all the nuts.
Christmas on bbc1 1994 cold comfort farm trailer
Cold Comfort Farm is a 1995 British comedy film directed by John Schlesinger and produced by the BBC and Thames Television, an adaptation of Stella Gibbons' 1932 book of the same name, the film stars Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellen and Rufus Sewell. Originally broadcast on 1 January 1995 on the BBC, it was Schlesinger's final film shot in his home country of Britain, and was picked up for theatrical release in North America through Gramercy Pictures, where it was a small success.
After the death of her estranged parents, young Flora Poste, who aspires to be a writer, decides that the only way for her to live whilst researching her writing is to stay with relatives. Her city-based relatives show no interest, so she sends letters to her country relatives. There are a few responses, most of them unsuitable, but one is intriguing. Flora decides to stay for a while with the Starkadder family on their rundown farm. The Starkadders are an assortment of rustic, uncouth, and truly eccentric characters, each of whom has a hurdle (be it physical, emotional, or spiritual) to overcome before reaching his or her potential. Flora quickly realises that, as a modern twentieth-century woman, she can resolve these situations once she has assessed and solved each character's problems. Whilst she is doing so, she is pursued by an unsuitable suitor, a most obnoxious character, whom she has difficulty avoiding. Can Flora achieve happiness for herself as well as healing the lives of her eccentric family?
Kate Beckinsale as Flora Poste
Joanna Lumley as Mrs. Mary Smiling
Ian McKellen as Amos Starkadder
Rufus Sewell as Seth Starkadder
Eileen Atkins as Judith Starkadder
Sheila Burrell as Ada Doom
Stephen Fry as Mybug
Freddie Jones as Adam Lambsbreath
Miriam Margolyes as Mrs. Beetle
Ivan Kaye as Reuben Starkadder
Jeremy Peters as Urk
Maria Miles as Elfine Starkadder
Christopher Bowen as Charles Fairford
Louise Rea as Meriam Beetle
Sophie Revell as Rennet
Rupert Penry-Jones as Dick Hawk-Monitor
Angela Thorne as Mrs. Hawk-Monitor
Harry Ditson as Earl P. Neck
The production visited Kent where they filmed at Kent & East Sussex Railway which provided the trains for Flora’s journey from London to her relatives at Cold Comfort Farm and Northiam station in East Sussex which is the fictional railway station of Beershorne.
The Royal Military Canal was also used for scenes where Flora and Amos walk and chat.
Cold Comfort Farm received generally positive reviews; it currently holds an 84% 'fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes. During its theatrical release in North America, the film grossed $5,682,429.