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Lost in Austen (2008)

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Amanda, an ardent Jane Austen fan, lives in present day London with her boyfriend Michael, until she finds she's swapped places with Austen's fictional creation Elizabeth Bennet.

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Series cast summary:
 Amanda Price (4 episodes, 2008)
 Mr. Darcy (4 episodes, 2008)
 Mr. Bennet (4 episodes, 2008)
Florence Hoath ...
 Kitty Bennet (4 episodes, 2008)
 Mrs. Bennet (4 episodes, 2008)
 Jane Bennet (4 episodes, 2008)
 Lydia Bennet (4 episodes, 2008)
 Mr. Bingley (4 episodes, 2008)
Ruby Bentall ...
 Mary Bennet (4 episodes, 2008)
 Caroline Bingley (4 episodes, 2008)
 Mr. Wickham (3 episodes, 2008)
 Mr. Collins (3 episodes, 2008)
 Pirhana (2 episodes, 2008)
Daniel Percival ...
 Michael (2 episodes, 2008)
 Elizabeth Bennet (2 episodes, 2008)
 Lady Catherine de Bourgh (2 episodes, 2008)
 Charlotte Lucas (2 episodes, 2008)


Amanda Price is dissatisfied with her life in modern London. Her favorite escape is getting lost in the pages of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. One night, Amanda is startled to come face to face with the novel's protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet. A small door in her apartment mysteriously links their worlds. Eventually, Amanda becomes trapped on the other side, while Elizabeth remains in the modern world. Now as the events of her favorite book unfold in all the wrong ways, Amanda tries desperately to set things straight, but inevitably makes things worse. Will this fractured version of a classic tale lead Amanda to her own happily-ever-after? Written by L. Hamre

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Also Known As:

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The gray plaid Spencer worn by Gemma Arterton (Elizabeth Bennet) in Amanda's bathroom is the same costume worn by Susannah Harker (Jane Bennet) riding to Netherfield in the rain in Pride and Prejudice (1995), by Sarah Crowden (Lady Blanche) in Brussels in Vanity Fair (1998), and by Victoria Hopkins to go riding in The Regency House Party (2004). See more »


When Mrs. Bennet and the girls' carriage has broken down, just as Wickam arrives, you can see a airplane or helicopter in the distant sky over Mrs. Bennet's head. See more »


Caroline Bingley: Money, Miss Price. The fortune to which you aspire in an immediate instance may pass you by. But I am certain you shall not starve.
Amanda Price: No, I don't suppose I shall on 27000 a year.
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Life on Mars meets Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead . .
5 September 2008 | by (Rural Kent, UK) – See all my reviews

. . . in Longbourne.

I may be asked to hand in my Austen Purists card but I liked it. And I think ITV are far better advised to try and cash in on the Austen market with this type of product than with the anaemic reproductions of BBC period drama they treated us to last year.

It's limited but it's funny. One of mainstays is that the characters are all subtly different and we are mostly offstage with scenes from the novel happening elsewhere. Lydia is attractively vivacious rather than promiscuously giddy, Jane is not that pretty, Darcy is not offensively haughty, the stranger from the future is not offensively gauche, and Mrs Bennett who has been very quick to understand the threat the newcomer poses to her daughters AND take action, is set up for very interesting developments - more a fearsome adversary so far than a cringing embarrassment.

Lizzie even looks like Lizzie should, but since she's hardly been in it so far, we'll have to wait and see what Gemma Arterton comes up with when she gets a few lines. It's a big ask, so I'll be interested to see whether she and Jemima Rooper can carry it off.

But you can count me in. Definitely.

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