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Cold Comfort Farm
Approx. run time 95 minutes
Written by Malcolm Bradbury
Stella Gibbons (novel)
Directed by John Schlesinger
Starring Kate Beckinsale
Joanna Lumley
Ian McKellen
Rufus Sewell
Original channel BBC
Release date January 1, 1995 (UK TV)
May 10, 1996 (USA, Theatrical)

Cold Comfort Farm is a 1995 TV film directed by John Schlesinger and produced by the BBC and Thames Television. It is an adaptation of Stella Gibbons' 1932 book of the same name. It stars Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellen and Rufus Sewell. It was originally broadcast on January 1, 1995 on the BBC. It was picked up for theatrical release in America through Gramercy Pictures, where it was a small success.


  • Eileen Atkins as Judith Starkadder
  • Kate Beckinsale as Flora Poste
  • Sheila Burrell as Ada Doom
  • Stephen Fry as Mybug
  • Freddie Jones as Adam Lambsbreath
  • Joanna Lumley as Mrs. Mary Smiling
  • Ian McKellen as Amos Starkadder
  • Miriam Margolyes as Mrs. Beetle
  • Rufus Sewell as Seth Starkadder
  • Ivan Kaye as Reuben Starkadder
  • Jeremy Peters as Urk
  • Maria Miles as Elfine Starkadder
  • Christopher Bowen as Charles Fairford
  • Louise Rea as Meriam Beetle
  • Sophie Revell as Rennet

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