To Be the Best

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To Be the Best
Also known asBarbara Taylor Bradford's To Be the Best
Genre Drama
Written by Elliott Baker (adapter)
Barbara Taylor Bradford (novel)
Directed byTom Wharmby
Starring Lindsay Wagner
Anthony Hopkins
Stephanie Beacham
Christopher Cazenove
Stuart Wilson
Composer Alan Parker
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes2
Executive producerRobert Bradford
Producer Aida Young
Running time200 minutes
Production companies London Weekend Television
Gemmy Productions
Original release
Network ITV (UK)
CBS (U.S.)
Release20 December (1991-12-20) 
27 December 1991 (1991-12-27) (UK)
2 August 1992 (1992-08-02) (U.S.)

To Be the Best is a 1991 British television miniseries directed by Tom Wharmby. Based on the 1988 novel by Barbara Taylor Bradford, it was the fourth mini-series based on a Bradford novel he had directed. It was produced by London Weekend Television in association with Antenne-2 and Gemmy Productions, and aired on ITV in the UK between 20 and 27 December 1991 in two parts, and on CBS in the U.S. on 2 and 4 August 1992.




The film originally aired in Britain on ITV in December 1991. In the United States, it aired on CBS in August 1992. [1]

The series was subsequently released on VHS on 10 July 1995 [2] and on 24 February 2003 by Odyssey Video. [3] The complete series was released and repackaged on DVD in the United Kingdom by Acorn Media UK on 8 September 2008. [4]

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  1. Tony Scott (31 July 1992). "Review: 'To Be the Best Parts I & II'". Variety . Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. "To Be the Best". Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  3. "Barbara Taylor Bradford's To Be the Best". Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  4. "Barbara Taylor Bradford: To Be the Best". Retrieved 17 April 2017.