While matchmaking for friends and neighbours, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Doran Godwin ...  Emma Woodhouse 6 episodes, 1972
John Carson ...  Mr. Knightley 6 episodes, 1972
Donald Eccles ...  Mr. Woodhouse 6 episodes, 1972
Constance Chapman ...  Miss Bates 6 episodes, 1972
Ellen Dryden ...  Mrs. Weston 6 episodes, 1972
Debbie Bowen ...  Harriet Smith 6 episodes, 1972
Raymond Adamson ...  Mr. Weston 6 episodes, 1972
Timothy Peters Timothy Peters ...  Mr. Elton 5 episodes, 1972
Vivienne Moore Vivienne Moore ...  Williams 5 episodes, 1972
Robert East ...  Frank Churchill 4 episodes, 1972
Ania Marson ...  Jane Fairfax 4 episodes, 1972
Mary Holder Mary Holder ...  Mrs. Bates 4 episodes, 1972
Fiona Walker ...  Mrs. Elton 3 episodes, 1972
Mollie Sugden ...  Mrs. Goddard 2 episodes, 1972
John Alkin John Alkin ...  Robert Martin 2 episodes, 1972
Amber Thomas Amber Thomas ...  Patty 2 episodes, 1972
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Storyline

This BBC production, set in the small town of Highbury depicts the often hilarious attempts of Miss Emma Woodhouse to make proper marital matches for all of her friends. Though often mistaken in her judgement, she is counseled and criticised by her neighbor and brother-in-law, the wise Mr. Knightley whose attentions to her are motivated by more than brotherly love. Written by Teresa B. O'Donnell <sun.moon.stars@worldnet.att.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1972 (UK) See more »

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Emma See more »

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Runtime:

(6 parts)

Color:

Color

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4:3
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Trivia

The beige and pink floral print muslin gown Constance Chapman (Miss Bates) wears is the same costume Clare Higgins (Kitty Bennet) wears at Longbourn in Pride and Prejudice (1980). See more »

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The characters are seen playing cards with a modern deck of cards that show both the suit symbol (hearts, clubs, spades, clubs) and a number on each corner. During the time period the movie was set in, playing cards did not show the number of the card in the corners. See more »

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Version of Emma (1948) See more »

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From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master', First Edition (1651)
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studio bound but surprisingly good
11 July 2006 | by didi-5See all my reviews

I have rated this quite highly on two counts - one, the casting (largely forgotten names litter the cast including Doran Godwin as Emma, John Carson as Mr Knightley, Debbie Bowen as Harriet, Constance Chapman as Miss Bates, and Timothy Peters as Mr Elton) and two, an absorbing adaptation even if done in obviously studio (and rather cheap) sets.

Running at four hours plus, this version does more justice to the book than more cursory and recent attempts have been able to. Although both Emma and Knightley come across as a little older than they should be (21 and 39 I believe in the book), their growing understanding is believable, and you do find yourself hoping for that elusive happy ending.

What does mark it down is the annoying tune! Quick bit of trivia: Blackadder fans should note that Robert East, Prince Harry in the first series, is here as Frank Churchill.


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