Cold Comfort Farm

John Schlesinger

Ian McKellen,
Kate Beckinsale,
Stephen Fry

Broadcast in UK on 1 January 1995

Produced by the BBC and Thames Television, Cold Comfort Farm is a well-regarded adaptation of Stella Gibbons' 1932 book of the same name.


From Academy Award Winning Director John Schlesinger comes a brilliantly witty film. Starring Kate Beckinsale (Much Ado About Nothing) as Flora Poste, a London society girl, and Joanne Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) as Flora's friend and mentor, this heartwarming comedy is full of charm and clever satire. Recently orphaned, Flora ignores the sage advice of Mrs.Smiley (Lumley) and moves to the country to live on a decrepit farm with her eccentric relatives. Fancying herself a writer, Flora encounters perfect material for her novel in the humorously odd collection of rural characters. In her own inimitable way, Flora insists on creating order out of their chaos, and in the process, she fills their lives with light and laughter. Also starring Rufus Sewell (Carington), Stephen Fry (Peter's Friends, Wilde) and Eileen Atkins.