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Emma (2009)

Emma (2009)

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Has the matchmaker met her match?

Beautiful, clever, and rich Emma Woodhouse is convinced she is good at matchmaking after her older sister and her governess both marry suitable husbands. No matter that as Mr Knightley drily observes, in reality, she had nothing to do with these relationships. Yet Emma, certain of her talents, plays a dangerous game as she persuades her new friend, the young, pretty and socially inferior Harriet to reject an advantageous marriage proposal to a local farmer in favour of dashing Mr Elton. So begins a story which challenges Emma's naivety, her social preconceptions and her relationship with Knightley. Fresh and funny, this perceptive adaptation, featuring a stellar cast, brings Jane Austen's comic masterpiece to life.

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Has the matchmaker met her match?

Beautiful, clever, and rich Emma Woodhouse is convinced she is good at matchmaking after her older sister and her governess both marry suitable husbands. No matter that as Mr Knightley drily observes, in reality, she had nothing to do with these relationships. Yet Emma, certain of her talents, plays a dangerous game as she persuades her new friend, the young, pretty and socially inferior Harriet to reject an advantageous marriage proposal to a local farmer in favour of dashing Mr Elton. So begins a story which challenges Emma's naivety, her social preconceptions and her relationship with Knightley. Fresh and funny, this perceptive adaptation, featuring a stellar cast, brings Jane Austen's comic masterpiece to life.

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Beautiful, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and some of the best blessings of existence, 21-year-old Emma Woodhouse has very little to worry about. So she indulges in her one great passion – playing matchmaker to her friends and family. It’s a skill she has already put to good use – she is convinced she brought together her sister and her husband. And when her governess Miss Taylor marries the widower Mr Weston, Emma congratulates herself on another great success…

No matter that as Mr Knightley, family friend and surrogate older brother to Emma, drily observes, in reality, she had nothing to do with these relationships. She simply watched the romance blossom.

So when the young, pretty, naive and socially inferior Harriet arrives in Emma’s social circle, the matchmaker is delighted that she can practise her skills again. She persuades Harriet to reject an advantageous marriage proposal to a local farmer in favour of dashing Mr Elton.

But Emma is playing with fire. Knightley is furious with Emma for raising Harriet’s hopes for a match she could not possibly achieve. And Emma soon discovers that Mr Elton is far more socially ambitious and mercenary than she had ever realised. So begins a story which takes Emma on a journey, challenging her naivety, her social preconceptions and her relationship with Knightley.

Fresh and funny, this perceptive adaptation, featuring a stellar cast, brings Jane Austen’s comic masterpiece to life.

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Episode 1

Nothing delights Emma more than meddling in the love lives of others. But when she takes protégée Harriet Smith under her wing, her plans can only end in disaster…

Rich, independent and kind spirited, Emma Woodhouse has no need to marry herself but nothing delights her more than matchmaking those around her. Once she has married off her close companions, she alights upon the pretty Harriet Smith to fashion into her new playmate and ally. She persuades Harriet that she is too good for her suitor, the farmer Robert Martin, and encourages her to set her sights higher. But close family friend Mr Knightley warns Emma that her meddling will cause great pain – to both Robert and Harriet. Emma refuses to listen, and Mr Knightley is furious with Emma’s stubbornness.

Episode 2

A proposal is imminent from Mr Elton, and the legendary Frank Churchill finally visits Highbury.

Emma continues her attempts to marry off Harriet and Mr Elton, vicar of Highbury. Although uninterested in marriage herself, she is intrigued by the mysterious and elusive Frank Churchill, whom she hopes to meet for the first time at a village Christmas party. Frank does not arrive, but instead Emma becomes the subject of unwanted and embarrassing attention from Mr Elton. A few weeks later, village gossip and speculation focuses on the arrival of young Jane Fairfax and a large piano that she has been sent by a mystery admirer. Emma refuses to believe that Mr Knightley could be the secret admirer. Surely he couldn’t be, could he?

Episode 3

Emma is adamant that her matchmaking career is over – but is it possible that she is in love herself?

Emma teases Mr Knightley about Jane, but he remains tight-lipped. Meanwhile, Frank and Emma plan a ball, and Emma wonders whether she might be in love with him. Despite having a wonderful time at a village ball, she decides not. With her matchmaking officially abandoned, Emma feels cooped up and bored. Mr Knightley suggests a day trip to Box Hill for a change of scene and some temporary escape. He also tells Emma that he suspects Frank and Jane are secretly in love. Emma rebuffs the suggestion – she can personally vouch for Frank’s indifference to Jane – which leaves Knightley feeling hurt at Emma’s indifference towards him.

Episode 4

After a disastrous day out on Box Hill everyone is forced to face up to matters of the heart.

What was intended as a day of fun turns into a day of agony for everyone on the Box Hill excursion. Things come to a head when, egged on by Frank, Emma behaves very badly, insulting Miss Bates. She is berated by Knightley and realises that her behaviour was shameful. She tries to repair things with Jane and Miss Bates, but Jane will not see her – although Miss Bates tells her that Jane has accepted a job as a governess, and cried all night. Meanwhile, Knightley goes to stay with his brother in London – he will be away for a while. When Frank’s controlling Aunt dies, the Westons expect him to propose to Emma – but his actions set in motion a chain of events that both shock Emma and make her realise something that has been in plain sight all along …

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Starring Romola Garai (Atonement, Daniel Deronda), Michael Gambon (Cranford, Gosford Park), Jonny Lee Miller (Byron, Eli Stone, Trainspotting), Jodhi May (Einstein and Eddington, Friends and Crocodiles), Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, White Teeth, My Dad's the Prime Minister), Tamsin Greig (The Diary of Anne Frank, Green Wing, Love Soup)

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Format: DVD
Run Time:

approx. 229 minutes

Region: Region 1
Starring: Romola Garai;Michael Gambon; Johnny Lee Miller
Cast: <p>Starring Romola Garai (Atonement, Daniel Deronda), Michael Gambon (Cranford, Gosford Park), Jonny Lee Miller (Byron, Eli Stone, Trainspotting), Jodhi May (Einstein and Eddington, Friends and Crocodiles), Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, White Teeth, My Dad's the Prime Minister), Tamsin Greig (The Diary of Anne Frank, Green Wing, Love Soup)</p>
Editorial Reviews: <p>“The Bafta-winning writer Sandy Welch has updated the everyday story of country matchmakers for modern audiences and thanks to the impossibly beautiful Romola Garai it offers a sumptuous yet intelligent glimpse of bygone village life that only the most hard-hearted viewer could not be entranced by” - The Times</p>
Episodes: 4 Episodes
ISBN: <p>883929514618</p>
Number of Discs: 2 Discs
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Such a lovely version!
I admit that I hadn't seen Emma until a few months ago.
I actually attempted to watch the older version and couldn't get through it.
I have always loved BBC series so took a chance on this one and ordered it.
I am very glad I did. Its so well done and such a heart-warming, lovely story.
Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys period romances.
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Review by Kate C; North Bay, ON, Canada (Posted on 11/2/2015)