I think when a movie or miniseries has the same "feel" or "intentions" as the book it's a success even when there are a few minor differences. If the rest of the episodes follow the example of the first, The Thornbirds Miniseries will be great.
I'm hoping to watch a couple of episodes this weekend. I'll keep you posted (:
|Barbara Stanwyck as Mary Carson|
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I found this clip from The Thornbirds on YouTube. About 4 minutes into the clip is what I think is Mary Carson's best scene. I can see why Stanwyck won the Emmy for her performance that year.