Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning is a 2008 miniseries directed by Kevin Sullivan. It was preceded by Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story and first aired on December 14, 2008.



It’s the mid 1940s, and the war in Europe is winding down. Anne Shirley – now a successful, middle-aged writer – has returned to Prince Edward Island for an extended visit. On a whim, she’s agreed to write a play for theatre producer and friend, Gene Armstrong; a play that will be performed as part of the White Sands Hotel 1945 summer stock season.

Anne is forced to admit that the play is nothing more than a distraction: a way to take her mind off troublesome recent events in her life. Her only son Dominic has yet to return from the war. The play, she reasons, will keep her busy, at least busy enough to keep her from going out of her mind with worry.

Attempting to gain inspiration for her new play, she returns to Green Gables in an attempt to cure her writer’s block. But a long-hidden secret discovered under the floorboards at Green Gables, in the form of a mysterious letter from her long lost father, provides a distraction of its own. As Anne struggles to complete the play she has promised to Gene, she delves into long-buried memories, reliving the troubled years before she arrived as an orphan at the Cuthberts’ farmhouse.

After crushing circumstances bring about the death of Anne’s mother and her ne’er-do-well father, Walter Shirley leaves town, Anne’s innocent world is turned upside down. Taken into the care of the Bolingbroke County Poorhouse, she is mistreated by the Superintendent, his wife, and the other inmates. She gains the courage to escape the horrible conditions and eventually finds refuge in the care of her mother’s closest friend, Louisa Thomas.

Along with Louisa’s three children, Violetta, Jock and Keith, Anne travels to Marysville, New Brunswick to take up residence with the family matriarch, Amelia Thomas. A prominent, strong-minded business woman and sole overseer of the Thomas family industries, Amelia doesn’t take to having the young orphan move into her home and she is even more intolerant of Louisa showing up with a “stray child”.

After much pleading, Anne is permitted to stay on as a mere stable hand. Her integrity is questioned by Amelia’s miserable housekeeper, Hepzibah Leach, who is intent on making the child’s life extremely difficult. However, when word erupts that the workers in the Thomas mills are ready to revolt, and Anne realizes her own father is part of the uprising, she finds herself a pawn in the battle between the Town and Amelia Thomas. Through the intervention of a mysterious loner named Nellie Parkhurst, Walter Shirley manages to reconnect with Anne and attempts to make himself part of her life again. Catastrophe intervenes, Amelia and Anne are torn apart and Anne finds herself homeless and deserted by both her father and Louisa once more.

After forty years of being separated from her father, when Anne responds to the long-lost letter she senses a faint expectation that it may not be too late to connect once again. She has so many unanswered questions and she hopes that a newly established correspondence with him will yield answers. Ultimately the reunion with her aged father holds as much disappointment for Anne as his disappearance from her childhood.

Anne ultimately succeeds in writing the play which Gene enthusiastically puts into production. Looking back on her life, however, she realizes that her distant and troubled memories do not provide the key to reconciling the many quandaries in her life. She concludes that all of the good and the bad that she has experienced have made her strong and given her an uncommon voice. She has struggled to be accepted all her life, but she realizes in the end that the more love a person gives in life, the easier is to find. When Dominic returns from the war with a fiancée and wedding plans unfold, Anne realizes how extraordinary her life has been, because of the unique closeness she has established with family, friends and community.


  • Barbara Hershey as Anne Shirley
  • Hannah Endicott-Douglas as Young Anne
  • Natalie Radford as Bertha Shirley
  • Ben Carlson as Walter Shirley
  • Ron Lea as Gene Armstrong
  • Mike Beaver as Doctor Thomas
  • Rachel Blanchard as Louisa Thomas
  • Vivien Endicott-Douglas as Violetta Thomas
  • Tyler Stevenson as Jock Thomas
  • Aiden Locke as Keith Thomas
  • Rex Southgate as Reverend Jones
  • Robin Brulé as Elsie Barry
  • Tim Campbell as John Barry
  • Robyn Thaler Hickney as Female Actor
  • Maggie Huculak as Superintendant
  • Deborah Grover as Overseer's Wife
  • Bernard Behrens as Gabriel Blake
  • Jackie Brown as Mary
  • Robert Bockstael as Overseer
  • Jackie Laidlaw as Flower Vendor
  • Kyra Harper as Nellie Parkhurst
  • Joan Gregson as Hepzibah
  • Shirley MacLaine as Amelia Thomas
  • Lynne Griffin as Ruth Bridgewater
  • Brad Austin as Barn Groom
  • Chris Benson as Foreman
  • James Carroll as Jeremiah Land
  • Catherine Fitch as Cider Press Woman
  • Steve Ferguson as Millworker
  • Chris Gillett as Philip Granger
  • David Talbot as Postman
  • Tom Slater as Alan Laing
  • Ray Kahnert as Mr. Hammond
  • Jayne Eastwood as Mrs. Hammond
  • Marc Strange as Mr. Harding
  • Ann Holloway as Housekeeper
  • Briony Glassco as Secretary
  • Courtenay Stevens as Clerk
  • Jennifer Phipps as Maid
  • Alec Stockwell as Driver
  • Amber Cull as Rilla
  • Jessica Porter as Frannie
  • Brendan Wall as Tom
  • Marc Bendavid as Dominic
  • Melanie Scrofano as Brigitte
  • Cyrus Lane as Andrew
  • Joan Heney as Hetty King
  • Patricia Hamilton as Rachel Lynde
  • Barry Stillwell as Fred Wright
  • May Walker as Diana Barry
  • Colleen Dewhurst as Marilla Cuthbert (archive footage)


Behind the scenesEdit


  • Barbara Hershey had never read Anne of Green Gables. She didn't read it after getting the part of Anne, either, because she wanted to “approach the mature Anne in a fresh, alternative way”.
  • Hannah Endicott-Douglas has blue eyes, however, Anne Shirley's eyes were green. For this film, Hannah's eyes were digitally changed in post-production to be green.
  • Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning was the first Anne film to be posted in high definition.


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Anne of Green Gables - A New Beginning (trailer)02:35

Anne of Green Gables - A New Beginning (trailer)

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Films & miniseries
Anne of Green Gables (1919) | Anne of Green Gables (1934) | Anne of Windy Poplars (1940)
Anne of Green Gables (1956) | Anne of Green Gables (1957) | Anne of Green Gables (1958)
Anne of Green Gables (1985) | Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987) | Road to Avonlea: The Movie (1990)
Happy Christmas, Miss King (1998) | Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000)
Anne: Journey to Green Gables (2005) | Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008)
Anne of Green Gables: Road to Green Gables (2010) | L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (2016)
L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars (2017)
L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew (2017) | Anne of Green Gables (upcoming musical)
Radio dramas
Anne of Green Gables (March 1938) | Anne of Green Gables (October 1938) | Anne of Green Gables (1941)
Anne of Green Gables (1944) | Anne of Green Gables (1954) | Anne of Green Gables (1966)
Anne of Green Gables (1971) | Anne of Green Gables (1977) | Anne of Green Gables (1979)
Anne of Avonlea (1979) | Anne of the Island (1979) | Anne's House of Dreams (1979) | Rainbow Valley (1979)
Rilla of Ingleside (1991) | Anne of Green Gables (1997)
Television series
Anne of Green Gables (1952) | Anne of Green Gables (1972) | Anne of Avonlea (1975) | Anne of Green Gables (1979)
Road to Avonlea (1990–1996) | Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series (2000–2001) | Anne (2007)
Before Green Gables (2009) | Anne (2017)
Stage productions
Anne of Green Gables – The Musical (1965) | Rainbow Valley (1999) | Anne & Gilbert (2005)
Anne of Green Gables (2006) | The Nine Lives of L.M. Montgomery (2008) | Bend in the Road (2012)
Rilla of Green Gables (2015)
Anne of Green Gables (1997 manga) | Anne of Avonlea (1998 manga) | Anne of the Island (1998 manga)
Rainbow Valley (2003 manga) | Ana of California (2015 novel)
Audio dramas
Anne of Green Gables (2007) | Anne of Green Gables (2008) | Anne of Avonlea (2008)
Anne of the Island (2009) | Anne of Windy Poplars (2009) | Anne's House of Dreams (2010)
Web productions
"Inspiration Found" (2008 short film) | Green Gables Fables (2014–2016 web series) | "Anne & Gilbert" (2014 episode)
"Anne of Green Gables" (2014 episode) | Anne of Green Gables (2014 short film)
Project Green Gables (2015–2017 web series) | Anne of Green Gables (2015 short film)

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