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Sense and Sensibility 

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Two sisters of opposing temperaments find love and some heartbreak in Jane Austen's 18th century classic.
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Complete series cast summary:
Irene Richard ...  Elinor Dashwood 7 episodes, 1981
Tracey Childs ...  Marianne Dashwood 7 episodes, 1981
Annie Leon ...  Mrs. Jennings 7 episodes, 1981
Robert Swann Robert Swann ...  Colonel Brandon 6 episodes, 1981
Donald Douglas ...  Sir John Middleton 5 episodes, 1981
Marjorie Bland Marjorie Bland ...  Lady Middleton 5 episodes, 1981
Bosco Hogan ...  Edward Ferrars 5 episodes, 1981
Peter Woodward ...  John Willoughby 4 episodes, 1981
John Owens ...  Tom 4 episodes, 1981
Gina Rowe Gina Rowe ...  Susan 4 episodes, 1981
Diana Fairfax ...  Mrs. Dashwood 4 episodes, 1981
Peter Gale Peter Gale ...  John Dashwood 3 episodes, 1981
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The Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, must search for a new house with their mother; their former home and the majority of the money having been inherited by their half-brother at the passing of their father. The family is given the lease of a cottage by a kind cousin. Disciplined and restrained Elinor forms an attachment to quiet Edward Ferrars, while her impetuous and emotional sister Marianne falls for dashing John Willoughby. However, the Dashwoods' lack of fortune and the strict social structure of 18th century England affects the marriage prospects of both sisters. Written by L. Hamre

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Drama | Romance

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Unlike the 1995 Ang Lee version, the producers deliberately cast actors closer to the ages of the characters in the novel. See more »

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The fine mesh diffusing filter is very clearly visible in many exterior and interior scenes - it is very distracting. See more »

Quotes

Willoughby: In defense of my protege, you may even be saucy.
Elinor Dashwood: My protege as you call him is a sensible man.
Marianne Dashwood: Elinor...
Elinor Dashwood: Yes, Marianne. Even in a man over thirty.
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Connections

Spoofed in Daria: Write Where It Hurts (1998) See more »

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Piano Sonatina in G Major: II. Rondo - Allegro
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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The spirit of Jane Austen
11 October 2004 | by Eowyn1967See all my reviews

This 3-hr miniseries seems to me much more faithful to the novel than the 1995 film by Ang Lee and Emma Thompson. the characters were as I pictured them while reading the novel. I find Edward a credible character and the love affair between him and Elinor skilfully and sensitively portrayed. (They make a much more convincing couple than stuttering Hugh Grant and Miss Thompson...) Best of all, the relationship between the two sisters : their tenderness and love in spite of their very different temperaments is convincingly depicted. I just felt the 1995 adaptation missed that aspect which made Elinor hysterics at ill Marianne's bedside all the more absurd and ill-timed. In this miniseries, there are no such hysterical scenes during Marianne's illness, Mrs Jennings is there just as in the book. The dialogues are almost word for word from the novel. The slow pace is suitable because so is the novel. Just one flaw : the end which seems a bit abrupt, as if they were running out of time. A really lovely series.


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1 February 1981 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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