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To Be the Best is a 1991 British television miniseries directed by Tom Wharmby. It the fourth mini-series based on a Barbara Taylor Bradford novel he had directed and was produced by London Weekend Television in association with Antenne-2 and Gemmy Productions, it 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.

To Be the Best
Also known as Barbara Taylor Bradford's To Be the Best
Genre Drama
Written by Elliott Baker (adapter)
Barbara Taylor Bradford (novel)
Directed by Tom Wharmby
Starring Lindsay Wagner
Anthony Hopkins
Stephanie Beacham
Christopher Cazenove
Stuart Wilson
Composer(s) Alan Parker
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 2
Executive producer(s) Robert Bradford
Producer(s) Aida Young
Running time 200 mins
Production company(s) London Weekend Television
Gemmy Productions
Distributor ITV Studios
Original network ITV (UK)
CBS (U.S.)
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Stereo
Original release 20 December (1991-12-20) – 27 December 1991 (1991-12-27) (UK)
2 August 1992 (1992-08-02) (U.S.)
Preceded by Hold the Dream




The film originally aired in its native 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]


  1. ^ Tony Scott (31 July 1992). "Review: 'To Be the Best Parts I & II'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  2. ^ "To Be the Best". Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  3. ^ "Barbara Taylor Bradford's To Be the Best". Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  4. ^ "Barbara Taylor Bradford: To Be the Best". Retrieved 2017-04-17.

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