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The Secret Garden: Colin Firth’s Mr Craven meets Mary Lennox for the first time in exclusive first look

The Secret Garden, the children’s classic, has been given a 2020 reboot and viewers finally get to see the moment Mr Craven meets Mary Lennox in this world exclusive clip.

Colin Firth stars as Mr Craven in the new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, which was first published in 1911.’s exclusive clip sees Mr Craven meet his precocious niece Mary, played by Game Of Thrones’ Dixie Egerickx, as she arrives into his care at Misselthwaite Manor.

The scene capture the first time the pair meet, as Mary moves to the isolated mansion on the Yorkshire Moors.

While the 1993 adaptation stayed true to the novel, with Mary finding solace and friendship within a secret garden on the grounds, this new adaptation promises to be a fresh take on the story.

Producer Rosie Alison explained: ‘In the gallery of adaptations, we see ours as a more subjective “first person” account of the story, experienced through Mary’s eyes.

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The Secret Garden will delve further into Mary’s life and grief (Picture: Sky originals)

‘The boundaries between her imagination and the world around her are more fluid than in past versions.’

She added: ‘Our adaptation delves further into Mary’s interior life. We’ve tried to mine further into the mystery of family griefs blighting Misselthwaite; the characters’ emotional hauntings through bereavement have become a ghost story in our film.

‘Frances Hodgson Burnett encouraged readers to read between the lines and guess at what is hidden within her books, and in so doing, it seemed to us perhaps strange that Mary would never give a thought to her dead parents, the source of her own pain.

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Colin Firth stars as Mr Craven in the new adaptation (Picture: Sky originals)

‘So we explored Mary’s emotional haunting through a mix of memories and “ghosts”. We tapped more into the roots of the grief underlying the story (the spirit of grief in which the author wrote it, long after the trauma of losing her own son, together with her well-documented lifelong struggle with depression.)

‘It is in part a story about damaged children learning to break cycles of inherited family grief in a house haunted by its past. Perhaps it became, for us, as much about Mary and Colin [a boy of Mary’s age who she discovers in the house] beginning to understand the mysterious frailties of their parents.’

The Secret Garden, a Sky original, is in cinemas and on Sky Cinema from October 23.


Credit: Original article published here.

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