All week long I've been running "Little Women" as my theme for the literary edition of the "As Seen On TV" showcase. And I don't know if you noticed, but I listed it as being the version from Earth Prime-Time, the main Toobworld.
One of the rules of the Toobworld Dynamic, often-times broken, is that the first production of any project should be the one that belongs in the dimension of Earth Prime-Time. And this is one of those times when the rules are broken.
There was an earlier production, from the UK, in 1970. But as you'll see from the selection provided below, it was made on the cheap and shows it. There's something almost stage-bound in its presentation. Plus, as it was made in Great Britain, the British accents do tend to seep through.
As the 1978 version had better production values and felt more "alive" as far as TV presentations go in Toobworld. Therefore, the previous version of "Little Women" is the one that must be shipped off to another TV dimension, even though it came out first.
And despite the tempting presence of Patrick Troughton in a small role as Uncle March.......
As for what TV dimension should house this version of "Little Women", there must be a TV dimension in which the British conquered the world and had such influence over it that everyone spoke with an English accent. (Based on quite a few historical dramas already, one might think that would be Earth Prime-Time anyway.)