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NNE, I’m sorry’’. No mat­ter how many times I hear it, I never tire of Gil­bert Blythe’s des­per­ate apolo­gies.

Wasn’t he such a spunk, with his adorable Cana­dian ac­cent?

And didn’t he do a lot of apol­o­gis­ing over the years?

Anne wasn’t one to for­give ter­ri­bly eas­ily, es­pe­cially if her hair had been in­sulted.

Anne of Green Gables was my gen­er­a­tion’s Mi­ley Cyrus.

My gal pals and I would waste en­tire week­ends watch­ing the videos (oh yeah, I was a VHS kid), en­grossed in the hap­pen­ings of life in Avon­lea.

Even now, I can still quote most of both minis­eries ver­ba­tim.

I love Chan­nel 7 for show­ing this on Satur­day nights — I love the idea of moth­ers in­tro­duc­ing their daugh­ters to it, es­pe­cially at Christ­mas ... I’m a sucker for a fam­ily Christ­mas moment.

The Con­tin­u­ing Story was made years later, in 2000, as a TV mini se­ries.

Anne and Gil are mar­ried – she’s a writer, he’s a doc­tor. He en­lists and is shipped off to WWI, but is de­clared missing in ac­tion.

Anne, be­ing Anne, de­cides to head to the bat­tle­fields to find him, as you do.

Ev­er­green: hero­ine Anne.

Trou­ble is, Gil still looks as hand­some as ever, while Megan Fol­lows looks well, kinda mid­dle aged. It makes them look strange to­gether.

The third in­stal­ment also stars Aus­tralia’s Cameron Daddo, who was an­other crush of mine cour­tesy of his star­ring turn in the play Big River.

I had a lot of crushes back then, heck, I still do — Matt Da­mon, Rodger Corser, Rob Lowe. Sigh.

I could never not love any­thing to do with this se­ries, but even I must ad­mit that this one lacks the magic of the first two.

If you missed them, go out and hire both on DVD (yep, times they are a chang­ing) and set­tle in for some mag­i­cal TV.

Who needs Mi­ley any­way? Anne of Green Gables: The Con­tin­u­ing Story Chan­nel 7, 7.30pm

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