A young governess falls in love with her mysterious employer, but a terrible secret puts their happiness at risk.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Jane Eyre (11 episodes, 1983)
 Edward Fairfax Rochester (11 episodes, 1983)
Carol Gillies ...
 Grace Poole (8 episodes, 1983)
James Marcus ...
 John (7 episodes, 1983)
Jean Harvey ...
 Mrs. Fairfax (6 episodes, 1983)
Joolia Cappleman ...
 Bertha (6 episodes, 1983)
Eve Matheson ...
 Leah (6 episodes, 1983)
 Richard Mason (6 episodes, 1983)
 Briggs (6 episodes, 1983)
Blance Youinou ...
 Adele (5 episodes, 1983)
 Diana Rivers (5 episodes, 1983)
 Mary Rivers (5 episodes, 1983)


The story of Jane Eyre, the plain quakerish governess is told from her childhood until she arrives at Thornfield Hall to tutor the young Adele. She finds herself intrigued by and attracted to Thornfield's owner, the dark, sardonic (natch) Mr. Rochester. But a dread secret resides in Thornfield Hall. Written by Kathy Li

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9 October 1983 (UK)  »

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Джейн Еър  »

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Actress Zelah Clarke considered this film to be the end of her acting career. She was quoted as saying "Everyone remembers the Rochesters; nobody remembers the Janes. See more »


Mr. Rochester is seated with a sprained ankle on the sofa as he attempts to draw Jane out. At first, Mr. Rochester's left leg is stretched out and his right is bent upright. When he tells Jane to play the piano in the next room, he is shown with his right leg stretched out and his left leg is bent. When Jane re-enters the room, his leg is switched again. See more »


Edward Fairfax Rochester: I wish at times I were a trifle better adapted to match with her, externally. Tell me now, fairy that you are, you couldn't give a charm or a filter or something of the sort?
Jane Eyre: I would be past the power of magic, sir.
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Prelude in A Major, Op. 28, No. 7
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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21 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

There's not much left to say. This is definitely the best adaptation of Bronte's novel with brilliant performances from Timothy Dalton and Zelah Clarke. The pairing of the two in the roles of Jane Eyre and Rochester was a very good move. They both create realistic, believable and equally worth characters. Dalton's charismatic and inspired (but not overacted) acting is beautifully smoothed by Clarke's "light" beauty and the hidden powers of her character. It's impossible not to enjoy all the scenes where both Dalton and Clarke are in. They have created a rare ability of a mutual understanding between the actors - a real chemistry, I may say. A beautiful and touching adaptation even if a bit too severe.

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