In the 1978 PBS series, McEwan gives an indelible performance that Spark herself considered the quintessential portrayal of the iconic character. She stars as imperious, unorthodox teacher Jean Brodie in this tale of an educator's impact on impressionable ladies at a school in 1930s Scotland. The 3-disc set includes all seven episodes.
Devoted to her students, Miss Brodie endeavors to fill the young ladies at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh with a love of art and culture and as much self-confidence she possesses. In doing so, she offends the conservative Miss Gaunt (Georgine Anderson), tests the patience of headmistress Mrs. MacDonald (Madeleine Christie), and incites the passions of married art instructor Teddy Lloyd (John Castle).
Adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Jay Presson Allen, "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" also stars Lynsey Baxter and Robert Urquhart.