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Sense & Sensibility 

TV-14 | | Drama, Romance | TV Mini-Series (2008)
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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 »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Dominic Cooper ...  Willoughby 3 episodes, 2008
Charity Wakefield ...  Marianne Dashwood 3 episodes, 2008
Hattie Morahan ...  Elinor Dashwood 3 episodes, 2008
Janet McTeer ...  Mrs. Dashwood 3 episodes, 2008
Lucy Boynton ...  Margaret Dashwood 3 episodes, 2008
David Morrissey ...  Colonel Brandon 3 episodes, 2008
Linda Bassett ...  Mrs Jennings 3 episodes, 2008
Mark Williams ...  Sir John Middleton 3 episodes, 2008
Claire Skinner ...  Fanny Dashwood 3 episodes, 2008
Rosanna Lavelle ...  Lady Middleton 3 episodes, 2008
Dan Stevens ...  Edward Ferrars 3 episodes, 2008
Mark Gatiss ...  John Dashwood 2 episodes, 2008
Caroline Hayes ...  Eliza 2 episodes, 2008
David Glover David Glover ...  Foot 2 episodes, 2008
Daisy Haggard ...  Miss Steele 2 episodes, 2008
Anna Madeley ...  Lucy Steele 2 episodes, 2008
Leo Bill ...  Robert Ferrars 2 episodes, 2008
Morgan Overton Morgan Overton ...  Little Henry 2 episodes, 2008
Tim McMullan ...  Mr Palmer 2 episodes, 2008
Tabitha Wady Tabitha Wady ...  Charlotte Palmer 2 episodes, 2008
Roy Holder ...  Thomas 2 episodes, 2008


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 Devonshire. There, the prevailing ambition is to find suitable husbands for the girls. With help from wealthy neighbor Sir John Middleton, suitors for Elinor and Marianne are soon found, but not landed. They include dashing Willoughby, future vicar Edward Ferrars and retired colonial gentleman Colonel Brandon. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


The white gown with pink and gold stripes and side closure Daisy Haggard (Anne Steele) wears to the London ball is the same gown worn in Byron (2003) by an extra at the London party where Byron meets Annabella Milbanke. See more »


The scene: Elinor finds Edward chopping wood in the rain. We see Elinor approaching with her arms holding the shawl over her head and shoulders. When the shot shifts and we see Elinor from her back, the shawl is covering only her head, with arms over the shawl. See more »


Featured in The Story of the Costume Drama: The Stars (2008) See more »


Hey, Ho, the Wind and the Rain
Words by William Shakespeare
Performed by Charity Wakefield
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It makes sense to say this was a successful miniseries but it is nowhere near the perfection of the Ang Lee-Emma Thompson version
7 April 2008 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

In newly 19th century England, a family of three daughters is put into turmoil when the father dies. You see, the young ladies are the offspring of the man's second marriage and the main inheritor of his estate is his son from the first one. This leaves poor Elinor (Hattie Morahan), Marianne (Charity Wakefield) and their much younger sister Margaret, along with their mother, with far less means of existence. They are forced to move out of the family home and seek smaller accommodations in the country. Alas, also, their prospects for a "good" marriage are likewise dimmed, as they have no sizeable dowries. Nevertheless, upon their move to a charming cottage in the countryside, the girls meet two marriageable men. One of them, Colonel Brandon, is a thirty-something, wealthy landowner whose still-single status is the result of a broken engagement long ago. However, he is instantly smitten with the musically gifted, outspoken Marianne. Yet, the age difference may prove to be a barrier. Elinor, too, meets a most eligible man, Edward, the brother of their catty sister-in-law but, here again, something is amiss. He becomes extremely close to the more reserved Elinor, only to remove himself from the situation, for some unknown reason. Enter Willoughby. He is a handsome man who gallops into their lives on the day he rescues Marianne from a sprained ankle. Marianne's heart is lost to this gentleman, but, he may have some big secrets to hide. Will the sisters meet a good fate or a bad one? This is a very nice miniseries, with some attractive stars and some nice settings and costumes. The actor playing Colonel Brandon, especially, bears a striking resemblance to Liam Neeson and will set hearts to flutter. Yet, to anyone who has seen the Ang Lee film, with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, this one pales in a close comparison of the two. There is no sweeping score, no gorgeous cinematography, no amazing art direction and no Hugh Grant. That is not to say it does not have its moments or that it will not please most fans of Austen, who would be content to see a new version every year for the rest of their lives. In such light, do try to catch this new adaptation, either on Masterpiece Theatre or when it is released on DVD, if you are a devotee of Jane's works. You will hang on every word and feel great contentment as the film fades to black.

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Release Date:

30 March 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sense & Sensibility See more »

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Berkshire, England, UK See more »

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