Emma (1972)

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This BBC production, set in the small town of Highbury depicts the often hilarious attempts of Miss Emma Woodhouse to make proper marital matches for all of her friends. Though often ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
Doran Godwin ...
 Emma Woodhouse (6 episodes, 1972)
John Carson ...
 Mr. Knightley (6 episodes, 1972)
Donald Eccles ...
 Mr. Woodhouse (6 episodes, 1972)
Constance Chapman ...
 Miss Bates (6 episodes, 1972)
Ellen Dryden ...
 Mrs. Weston (6 episodes, 1972)
Debbie Bowen ...
 Harriet Smith (6 episodes, 1972)
Raymond Adamson ...
 Mr. Weston (6 episodes, 1972)
Timothy Peters ...
 Mr. Elton (5 episodes, 1972)
Vivienne Moore ...
 Williams (5 episodes, 1972)
Robert East ...
 Frank Churchill (4 episodes, 1972)
Ania Marson ...
 Jane Fairfax (4 episodes, 1972)
Mary Holder ...
 Mrs. Bates (4 episodes, 1972)
Fiona Walker ...
 Mrs. Elton (3 episodes, 1972)
 Mrs. Goddard (2 episodes, 1972)
John Alkin ...
 Robert Martin (2 episodes, 1972)
Amber Thomas ...
 Patty (2 episodes, 1972)


This BBC production, set in the small town of Highbury depicts the often hilarious attempts of Miss Emma Woodhouse to make proper marital matches for all of her friends. Though often mistaken in her judgement, she is counseled and criticised by her neighbor and brother-in-law, the wise Mr. Knightley whose attentions to her are motivated by more than brotherly love. Written by Teresa B. O'Donnell <sun.moon.stars@worldnet.att.net>

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20 July 1972 (UK)  »

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A good and faithful adaption of the book.
7 June 2005 | by (Utrecht, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

If you are a Jane Austen fan and considering to buy a film of Emma i would recommend this version. This because , as a TV series it's longer then any movie and therefor includes more of the original story. Also the acting is very good and the whole production has a Austen feel about it. Yes it's been mostly filmed in a studio but to me that gives it a more intimate feeling. Also i have to say that i did like the version with Kate Beckinsale but do not really care of the version with Gwyneth Paltrow. This TV series lasts about 4 and a half hours. So, if you look for a shorter version , take the Beckinsale and if you really want to dive into it, take this one. I would like to single out Donald Eccles who , as Emma's father, is very funny as is Mary Holder as Mrs. Bates.

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