Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, to have a loving father for whom she cares, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit: matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors ... See full summary »
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2010   2009  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Romola Garai ...  Emma 4 episodes, 2009
Michael Gambon ...  Mr. Woodhouse 4 episodes, 2009
Jonny Lee Miller ...  Mr. Knightley 4 episodes, 2009
Jodhi May ...  Anne Weston / ... 4 episodes, 2009
Robert Bathurst ...  Mr. Weston 4 episodes, 2009
Louise Dylan ...  Harriet Smith 4 episodes, 2009
Blake Ritson ...  Mr. Elton 4 episodes, 2009
Tamsin Greig ...  Miss Bates 4 episodes, 2009
Valerie Lilley ...  Mrs. Bates 4 episodes, 2009
Dan Fredenburgh ...  John Knightley 4 episodes, 2009
Poppy Miller ...  Isabella Knightley 4 episodes, 2009
Laura Pyper ...  Jane Fairfax 3 episodes, 2009
Rupert Evans ...  Frank Churchill 3 episodes, 2009
Jamie Glover ...  Henry Knightley 3 episodes, 2009
Joshua Jones Joshua Jones ...  James Knightley 3 episodes, 2009
Jefferson Hall ...  Robert Martin 3 episodes, 2009
Veronica Roberts Veronica Roberts ...  Mrs. Goddard 3 episodes, 2009
Christina Cole ...  Augusta Elton / ... 2 episodes, 2009
Liza Sadovy ...  Mrs. Cole 2 episodes, 2009
Eileen O'Higgins ...  Miss Martin 1 2 episodes, 2009
Sarah Ovens ...  Miss Martin 2 2 episodes, 2009


Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, to have a loving father for whom she cares, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit: matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her friends, most of all Harriet Smith. Emma is desperate for Harriet to find happiness, but every suitor she finds for her friend ends up attracted to Emma. But is Emma so focused on Harriet's happiness that she is not considering her own happiness in love? Written by Mel from the Untied Kingdom

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Love knows no boundaries. And neither does she.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


Did You Know?


The burgundy velvet Spencer worn by Eileen O'Higgins (Miss Martin #1) to Harriet's wedding is the same costume worn by Lisa Braund in The Regency House Party (2004), and by Anna Madeley (Lucy Steele) at Barton Park in Sense & Sensibility (2008). See more »


Version of Emma. (2020) See more »


The Bluebells of Scotland
Written by Dora Jordan
Sung by Romola Garai and Rupert Evans
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Pleasantly surprised
23 February 2010 | by marjoriemSee all my reviews

I was kind of dreading this, but it is now my favorite Emma adaptation. Much better than either the Paltrow or the Beckinsale version.

Romola Garai was as close to perfect an Emma as I could imagine. Jonny Lee Miller was an excellent Mr. Knightley. I adore Jeremy Northam but really he was almost too dishy to be a credible Knightley. With Northam around how could Emma ever think herself in love with anyone else? With Miller, Knightley became a more credible character -- that pleasant, cultivated, somewhat older man from next door that Emma had known all her life and never realized she loved because she was so used to him.

Michael Gambon was wonderful as Emma's father. He is easy to overplay to comic effect for his idiosyncrasies -- a foolish, fussy hypochondriac. With Gambon, he was more nuanced -- his fear of illness and accident was understandable (people did die of such things a lot in the 18th century, and he had lost his wife in tragic circumstances). He seemed genuinely loving of Emma, not just exploiting her as a dutiful daughter. You could understand why Emma was genuinely fond of him.

The rest of the cast was also excellent and the English countryside never looked so gorgeous.

There were some smallish glitches. I am quite sure, for example, that Frank Churchill would never have sprawled on the ground with his head on Emma's lap, as he did in the Box Hill scene. All Highbury would have been shocked.

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24 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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