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Complete series cast summary:
Ann Firbank ...  Anne Elliot 5 episodes, 1971
Bryan Marshall ...  Captain Wentworth 5 episodes, 1971
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ...  Lady Russell 5 episodes, 1971
Richard Vernon ...  Admiral Croft 5 episodes, 1971
Basil Dignam ...  Sir Walter Elliot 4 episodes, 1971
Valerie Gearon Valerie Gearon ...  Elizabeth Elliot 4 episodes, 1971
Georgine Anderson ...  Mrs. Croft 4 episodes, 1971
Morag Hood ...  Mary Musgrove 4 episodes, 1971
Rowland Davies Rowland Davies ...  Charles Musgrove 4 episodes, 1971
Mel Martin ...  Henrietta Musgrove 4 episodes, 1971
Charlotte Mitchell Charlotte Mitchell ...  Mrs. Clay 4 episodes, 1971
Zhivila Roche Zhivila Roche ...  Louisa Musgrove 3 episodes, 1971
Noel Dyson ...  Mrs. Musgrove 3 episodes, 1971
David Savile David Savile ...  Mr. Elliot 3 episodes, 1971
Michael Culver ...  Captain Harville 3 episodes, 1971
Ernest Hare Ernest Hare ...  Colonel Wallis 3 episodes, 1971
Gabrielle Daye ...  Mrs. Rooke 3 episodes, 1971
Polly Murch Polly Murch ...  Mrs. Smith 3 episodes, 1971
Beatrix Mackey Beatrix Mackey ...  Lady Dalrymple 3 episodes, 1971
Angela Galbraith Angela Galbraith ...  Miss Carteret 3 episodes, 1971
Walter Horsbrugh Walter Horsbrugh ...  Butler 3 episodes, 1971
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Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a young seaman, who, though promising, had poor family connections. When her father rents out the family estate to Admiral Croft, Anne is thrown into company with Frederick, because his sister is Mrs. Croft. Frederick is now a rich and successful Captain, and a highly eligible bachelor. Whom will he marry? One of Anne's sister's husband's sisters? Or will he and Anne rekindle the old flame? Written by GusF

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Release Date:

18 April 1971 (UK) See more »

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Persuasion See more »

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Bath, Somerset, England, UK See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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The brown Spencer with three buttons worn by Mel Martin (Henrietta Musgrove) at the Musgrove's Bath lodgings is the same costume worn by an extra in the street in Park Lane in Vanity Fair (2004). See more »

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After Anne's arrival at Uppercross during the first conversation she has with Mary the latter recounts a dinner outing the previous evening at the Poole's. She says she was crushed in the Musgrove carriage as the senior Musgroves (her in-laws) are "so very large". Noel Dyson, who plays Mrs. Musgrove, can hardly be described as "very large". See more »

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Version of Screen Two: Persuasion (1995) See more »

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A Downland Suite: III - Minuet: Allegretto grazioso
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Very interesting
30 May 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As a big Jane Austen fan, I found this Persuasion very interesting. I still consider the 1995 version the best version mainly because I find the character development richer, but this version is much better than the dull and passionless 2007 ITV version. It is not perfect, the hairstyles and costumes and both un-authentic and distracting, unflattering even in some cases. However, it is handsomely filmed, even with some stiffness and the scenery is absolutely beautiful. The music is nice and simple, not over-bearing. The story and atmosphere are not as rich as 1995, and I'd say the same with the characters, but for anybody fussy about faithfulness to the book this version is slightly truer. I didn't mind the length or the pacing, the story isn't as lengthy as Mansfield Park for instance but needs a fair length and a leisurely pace to do justice to the story and characters as well as the class distinctions, which this version mostly did, especially in regard to Lady Russell and Elizabeth, both of whom are the closest-written to their novelistic counterparts than the other versions. The acting is good, Ann Firbank is I agree too old, but she more than makes up for it for her expressive face and her suitably introverted acting. Bryan Marshall is excellent as Wentworth, humorous, teasing yet also handsome and subtly bitter. The chemistry between Anne and Wentworth didn't admittedly move me as much as the 1995 version, but I did still feel there was one, unlike the 2007 version. The supporting cast are just as good, Valerie Gearon and Marion Spencer make the most of their characters, Rowland Davies is suitably buoyant and Richard Vernon and Michael Culver are also solid. All in all, a very interesting adaptation if not my favourite version. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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