Two sisters of opposing temperaments find love and some heartbreak in Jane Austen's 18th century classic.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Elinor Dashwood (7 episodes, 1981)
 Marianne Dashwood (7 episodes, 1981)
 Mrs. Jennings (7 episodes, 1981)
Robert Swann ...
 Colonel Brandon (6 episodes, 1981)
Donald Douglas ...
 Sir John Middleton (5 episodes, 1981)
Marjorie Bland ...
 Lady Middleton (5 episodes, 1981)
 Edward Ferrars (5 episodes, 1981)
 John Willoughby (4 episodes, 1981)
 Tom (4 episodes, 1981)
Gina Rowe ...
 Susan (4 episodes, 1981)
 Mrs. Dashwood (4 episodes, 1981)
Peter Gale ...
 John Dashwood (3 episodes, 1981)


The Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, must search for a new house with their mother; their former home and the majority of the money having been inherited by their half-brother at the passing of their father. The family is given the lease of a cottage by a kind cousin. Disciplined and restrained Elinor forms an attachment to quiet Edward Ferrars, while her impetuous and emotional sister Marianne falls for dashing John Willoughby. However, the Dashwoods' lack of fortune and the strict social structure of 18th century England affects the marriage prospects of both sisters. Written by L. Hamre

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1 February 1981 (UK)  »

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Fornuft og følelse  »

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Great for Die Hard Austen Fans
16 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well as a lover of Jane Austen one would be hard pressed to do a reproduction of one of her books and disappoint me. S&S was a pretty well done miniseries, most BBC miniseries are well done. There was a much more book and a more through representation of all the minor characters in this movie than in the 1995 Sense and Sensibility directed by Ang Lee and staring Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson. However the 1981 BBC miniseries was seriously lacking in a couple vital points, the omission of the youngest Dashwood daughter, Margaret and this viewer found the leads of Marranne and Elinor to be so abysmally portrayed I really didn't care a bit about what happened to their characters. These women weren't lovable or very likable. Overall, between to two leads, Tracey Childs as Marriann was the better portrayal. Irene Richard's portrayal of Elinor was so dead pan and empty of any emotion, at all, that much of the movie containing her was difficult to sit through. Over all, for the Austen fan this is a must see movie, but only for the more complete story and representations. Especially the devilishly catty Miss Lucy Steele who in the Ang Lee S&S is very under portrayed.

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