Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit - matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her... See full summary »
Jonny Lee Miller
Widow Dashwood and her three unmarried daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, inherit only a tiny allowance. So they move out of their grand Sussex home to a more modest cottage in ... See full summary »
The daughter of a country doctor copes with an unwanted stepmother, an impetuous stepsister, burdensome secrets, the town gossips, and the tug on her own heartstrings for a man who thinks of her only as a friend.
At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband, Sir Thomas. Clever, studious, and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral ... See full summary »
Jonny Lee Miller,
Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness.
At age 10, Fanny Price is sent by her destitute mother to live with her aunt and uncle, Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram. As a child she was often made to feel that she was the poor relation but... See full summary »
An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.
Tom Ward, who plays Colonel Fitzwilliam in all three episodes of Death Comes to Pemberly, also had a minor role in the 1995 series, episode #2 playing the part of Lt. Chamberlayne. Tom had a single line apologizing for Lydia's intrusion during a conversation between Elizabeth Bennett and Capt. Denny during the ball at Netherfield. He said, "Forgive the intrusion, Madame. I would dance with both your sisters at once it..." before Lydia and Kitty drag both men to the dance floor. See more »
Cheeky fan-fic sequel to "P&P" will irritate Janeites, but it's still pretty entertaining
My wife likes to drift off to sleep to the murmur of well-bred British voices, but this isn't that kind of series. I guess you could call it fan fic, since it's a Jane Austen sequelmurder mystery mashup based on a novel by P.D. James. The storyline's very involving, the cast is just about perfect, and the way the murder plot dovetails with the backstory (i.e. "Pride and Prejudice") is especially ingeniousthough you may find that several of JA's original characters, like Lady Catherine de Bourgh, have undergone a startling personality change, and Mrs. Bennett has evolved from a fluttering fusspot to a full-blown hysteric. There are no trench-coated DCIs or cops of any kind in Regency Yorkshire, so it's all up to a whiskery magistrate and his constables to arrest the obvious suspect and to Mrs. Darcy to find the real killer
Fine performances by costume-drama veteran Anna Maxwell Martin and Matthew Rhys (the sardonic gay brother on "Brothers and Sisters") as the Darcys; Matthew Goode ("Stoker") is always convincing as the charming ne'er-do-well (in this case, Mr. Wickham). Janeites will surely object to the anachronisms in the dialogue ("even as we speak"); Jenna Coleman, as Lydia, seems more like a Kardashian at times than an Austen character, and I'm not sure that even Mr. Darcy with his £10,000 a year ($1.2 million in today's money, they say) could afford the upkeep on Castle Howard Still, if you're not too serious about period authenticity and the Austen legacy, it's all pretty entertaining. Available on streaming Netflix.
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