Little Women is a universal coming-of-age story based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott and loved by generations of women worldwide. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother Marmee, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman from sibling rivalry and first love to loss and marriage. This adaptation is from Heidi Thomas, of Call the Midwife, Cranford and the latter-day Upstairs Downstairs for Masterpiece.

Watch it tonight at 8pm on WGBH 2.