Jane Merrow

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Jane Merrow’s early acting career was near stratospheric to say the least. Within four years of leaving The Royal Academy of Dramatic arts in 1959, she starred alongside Bill Travers in the BBC’s prestigious eleven part serial of Lorna Doone.”

Columbia Pictures had previously produced a cinematic version in technicolour twelve years earlier, starring Richard Green and Barbara Hale who would later find small screen success in The adventures of Robin Hood*” and “*Perry Mason respectively. In 2000, the BBC would commission another production of the fabled story for a Xmas Day transmission. Set in 17th century Exmoor, the story’s central theme involves a romance between Lorna Doone and John Ridd, the daughter and son of two long-feuding Scottish families.

This 1963 adaptation had the mark of quality stamped all over it, not least for the script writing skills of Constance Cox, who would herself hit a career high four years later with her work on the BBC’s dramatisation of John Galsworthy’s The Forsythe Saga.” Even Sunday early evening church services were brought forward so that congregations could be home in time for this landmark series. The production survives in the Beeb’s archives, and is available on DVD. No such fortune is bestowed upon Lorna Doone,” unless world service overseas copies come to light. How sad for all the surviving participants but particularly Jane Merrow, effectively the loss of a series that would establish her acting credentials in the UK. She would be more fortunate with much of her other television work.


Recommended viewing

The System a.k.a The Girl-getters(1964)

The Lion in Winter (1968)

Alias Smith & Jones - The Reformation of Harry Briscoe (1971)


Jane Merrow