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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 ...  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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English

Release Date:

18 April 1971 (UK) See more »

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Persuasion See more »

Filming Locations:

Bath, Somerset, England, UK See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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The gray pelisse with the scalloped cape worn by Ann Firbank (Anne Elliot) in Bath is the same costume worn by an extra at the church at the end of Mansfield Park (1983), by an extra in the London street in Sharpe's Justice (1997), and by an extra at the Cricket match in Sharpe's Waterloo (1997). See more »

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During the concert Anne Elliot uses a poster for the event as a means to translate the Italian lyrics into English - the same poster for both songs. 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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Classy period adaptation
16 December 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Despite this production having received a number of poor reviews, it actually holds up quite well for its age. Note also that it is not a BBC programme, it was simply licensed to them by Granada Ventures when the Jane Austen collection was released on DVD.

So how does it compare with other adaptations of the same novel? The most well-known version these days is the 1995 film with Amanda Root as Anne Elliott and Ciaran Hinds as Captain Frederick Wentworth. That film was of course shorter but a good snapshot of the story - the earlier version, with Ann Firbank and Bryan Marshall in the same roles, had four hours to tell the story and moved at a more leisurely pace.

Firbank is a good ten years too old for her role, but she is very good - Marshall is excellent as Wentworth, a man disappointed in love, and bitter about interference. And hidden in the cast are people who also contribute - Michael Culver, later seen in Cadfael, as Harvill; Richard Vernon, later seen in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, as Admiral Croft; Noel Dyson, earlier in Coronation Street, as Mrs Musgrove.

One criticism I do have is that the hairstyles are a bit distracting, and that the costumes are awful! Still, this shouldn't detract from a hugely enjoyable Austen adaptation.


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