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"Screen Two" Persuasion (1995)

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Persuasion: Season 11: Episode 3 -- Seven years after their breakup, a spinster and an impoverished sailor attempt to rekindle their aborted romance.


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Jane Austen (novel)
Nick Dear (screenplay)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
16 April 1995 (Season 11, Episode 3)
Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded... See more » | Add synopsis »
7 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Amanda Root ... Anne Elliot

Ciarán Hinds ... Captain Frederick Wentworth

Susan Fleetwood ... Lady Russell

Corin Redgrave ... Sir Walter Elliot

Fiona Shaw ... Mrs. Croft

John Woodvine ... Admiral Croft

Phoebe Nicholls ... Elizabeth Elliot

Samuel West ... Mr. Elliot

Sophie Thompson ... Mary Musgrove

Judy Cornwell ... Mrs. Musgrove

Simon Russell Beale ... Charles Musgrove

Felicity Dean ... Mrs. Clay

Roger Hammond ... Mr. Musgrove
Emma Roberts ... Louisa Musgrove

Victoria Hamilton ... Henrietta Musgrove

Robert Glenister ... Captain Harvile

Richard McCabe ... Captain Benwick
Helen Schlesinger ... Mrs. Smith
Jane Wood ... Nurse Rooke

David Collings ... Mr. Shepherd
Darlene Johnson ... Lady Dalrymple
Cinnamon Faye ... Miss Carteret
Isaac Maxwell-Hunt ... Henry Hayter
Roger Llewellyn ... Sir Henry Willoughby

Sally George ... Mrs. Harville
David Acton ... Naval Officer
Justin Avoth ... Naval Officer
Lonnie James ... Jemima
Roger Watkins ... Landlord
David Plummer ... Apothecary
Richard Brenner ... Coachman
Bill McGuirk ... Tradesman
Niall Refoy ... Tradesman
Ken Shorter ... Lady Dalrymple's Butler
Dermot Kerrigan ... Footman
Tom Rigby ... Little Charles
Alex Wilman ... Little Walter
Rosa Mannion ... Concert Opera Singer

Episode Crew
Directed by
Roger Michell 
Writing credits
Jane Austen (novel)

Nick Dear (screenplay)

Produced by
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH
George Faber .... executive producer
George Faber .... producer: BBC
Fiona Finlay .... producer
Margot Hayhoe .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jeremy Sams 
Cinematography by
John Daly 
Film Editing by
Kate Evans 
Production Design by
William Dudley 
Art Direction by
Linda Ward 
Costume Design by
Alexandra Byrne 
Makeup Department
Kay Bilk .... makeup artist
Joanna Casserly .... makeup artist
Sally Collins .... makeup artist
Jean Speak .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicki Ballantyne .... second assistant director
Julie Edwards .... first assistant director
Roger Goldby .... third assistant director
Jo Harden .... second assistant director
Donald Taylor .... third assistant director
Art Department
Graham Bishop .... set dresser
Dave Channon .... construction manager
John Durrant .... graphic designer
Laurie Griffiths .... stand-by carpenter
Laurie Miller .... property master
Denise Slattery .... scenic artist
Brian Sykes .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Lee Crichlow .... dubbing editor
Terry Elms .... sound
Mik Gough .... boom operator
Michael Narduzzo .... dubbing mixer
Ben Norrington .... dubbing editor
Special Effects by
Chris Reynolds .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Colin Gorry .... visual effects designer
Paul McGuinness .... visual effects assistant
Helen Caldwell .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Hugh Adams .... second assistant camera
John Arnold .... grip
Chris Capstick .... still photographer
Carlo Chinca .... still photographer
Stephen Foote .... underwater camera operator
Bob Hunt .... electrician
Jan Pester .... Steadicam operator
Dick Reed .... gaffer
Andrew Taylor .... electrician
Mark Taylor .... electrician
Steve Wallace .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Siobhan Bracke .... casting advisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maggie Bone .... dresser
George Brent .... dresser
Sharon Long .... costume assistant
Debbie Scott .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Sally Brocklehurst .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Julian Holmes .... location manager
Jayne Selwyn-Roberts .... location manager
Music Department
Nicholas Bucknall .... musician (as Nick Bucknall)
Michael Haslam .... musician
Michael Haslam .... piano tutor
Howard Jones .... music recordist
Rebecca Jones .... harp tutor
Pierre Jubert .... musician
Neil McLaren .... musician: Assembly Room Music
Danielle Perrett .... musician: Assembly Rooms Music
Tony Philpot .... music recordist
Jeremy Sams .... composer: Assembly Rooms Music
Jeremy Sams .... conductor
Susan Tomes .... musician: Pianist for Chopin music
Transportation Department
Ian Yea .... facilities driver
Other crew
Paul Almond .... unit publicist
Charlotte Blair .... script advisor
Debbie Brodie .... food stylist
Margaret Confoy .... production secretary
Jane Hawley .... production executive
Alf Potter .... design rigger
Monica Rodger .... production associate
Geraldine Stephenson .... choreographer
Catherine Wearing .... script editor

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Rated PG for brief mild language
107 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The orange long-sleeved gown with accordion-pleat trim on the over-sleeves worn by Lady Willoughby when she meets Lady Russell in the Pump Room is the same costume worn by an extra in the Pump Room when Anne talks with Mr. Elliot in Persuasion (2007) (TV). The same costume is also worn by the dance teacher during the fan-language lesson in "The Regency House Party" (2004), and by an extra in the square at the end of Goya's Ghosts (2006).See more »
Continuity: While clearing out her things at Kellynch near the beginning of the film, Anne finds a paper boat tucked inside a navy list. If you look closely, you can see that the words written on it come from the letter Captain Wentworth writes to her at the end of the film. It says: "You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again..."See more »
Captain Benwick:[Anne and Benwick are discussing poetry and he asks her which she prefers of two poems by Sir Walter Scott. Anne answers by quoting a line from the second poem. They then alternately recite the next few lines] Tell me, do you prefer "Marmion" or "The Lady of the Lake?"
Anne:"Like the dew on the mountain / Like the foam on the river /"
Captain Benwick:"Like the bubble on the fountain / Thou art gone /"
Anne:"and forever!"
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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful and understated, 3 September 2000
Author: stills-6 from california

This is a very well put together, and yet very fragile movie that shows its budget constraints all too well. Beautifully acted and written, the direction unfortunately reveals the boxy nature of a TV screen. But despite the lack of impressive cinematography, the scenes are set up extremely well. The use of staging and visual metaphor are jaw-droppingly fantastic. Austen's relatively simple potboiler has been turned into a work of visual art that reveals the director's love for the material.

The music is done perfectly - it doesn't overpower or ever impose interpretation, instead it is just enough to maintain focus on the story. And I love the understated nature of the characters. It is easy to spot the hypocrites, but you can see why they are the way they are. It would be very easy to make Mr. Eliot into a simpering, unctious idiot - instead, he is played as a gentleman. It makes Anne a better character, and it makes the movie a better experience.

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