Sense and Sensibility (1981)

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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:
Irene Richard ...
 Elinor Dashwood (7 episodes, 1981)
Tracey Childs ...
 Marianne Dashwood (7 episodes, 1981)
Annie Leon ...
 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)
Diana Fairfax ...
 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)  »

Also Known As:

Fornuft og følelse  »

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Elinor Dashwood: Losing your sleep and your health will not bring him.
Marianne Dashwood: Leave me alone.
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takes a while to find its feet, but not a total disaster
2 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This version of Austen's novel of love, romance, greed, and jealousy, stars Irene Richard as Elinor and Tracey Childs as Marianne. It omits completely the youngest sister (which is a shame) but manages to make more of the characters of Edward Ferrars, Willoughby, and Lucy Steele than the more modern feel version written and featuring Emma Thompson a decade later.

However, the first two or three episodes are dull rather than diverting, and only when Marianne needs help and a suitor most do things get interesting. It may not have the high-profile romantic leads that the 1990s version did, but it manages to be touching and effective in the end episode.

The episodic nature of this adaptation (7 parts of around 45 minutes each) doesn't really help and it leaves you thinking whether there is really enough to this tale to stretch through many episodes that don't say very much.

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