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From acclaimed writer Andrew Davies comes this enchanting new adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel about love and marriage. Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby, ignoring her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Elinor, sensitive to social convention, struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Will the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love?.
Left penniless after their fathers death, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood face an uncertain future. They need to marry well if they are to retain their comfortable existence.
With a number of possible suitors the intelligent and charming Mr Edward Ferrars, the handsome Mr John Willoughby and the more thoughtful and compassionate Colonel Brandon they seem to have their share of options. But is there more to these men than first impressions suggest? What is the history between Willoughby and Brandon? And what secret is Ferrars hiding?
The story follows the sisters very different approaches to love and marriage. Romantic and impulsive, Marianne falls in love deeply, but will not heed her sisters warning that her behaviour will leave her open to gossip and innuendo. Sensitive to social convention, her sister Elinor tries to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. The sisters must learn that sense should mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.
Andrew Davies has proven himself to be the master of literary adaptation, from classics, such as Bleak House, to the politics and drug-fuelled sex and hedonism of the 1980s in The Line of Beauty. An excellent script combined with an outstanding cast means that Austen fans will be waiting in anticipation for this adaptation..
MRS DASHWOOD is devastated when her beloved husband dies. The late MR DASHWOODs estate and fortune are bequeathed by law to his son from a previous marriage,JOHN DASHWOOD, to the delight ofJohns rapacious wife, FANNY. Mrs Dashwood and her daughters are forced to move to a tiny cottage on a cousins estate in Devonshire, to start their lives again. It is perhaps Elinor, the eldest daughter, who is most upset to leave her childhood home. She has fallen in love with Fannys brother, the kind and unassuming EDWARD FERRARS. However, Mrs Dashwoods cousin, SIR JOHN MIDDLETON, ensures that the family settles into life in Devonshire. Before long, Elinors younger sister, MARIANNE, finds that she has an admirer in SirJohns friend, COLONEL BRANDON. However, a rival soon emerges in the form of the dashing young neighbour, WILLOUGHBY, who rescues Marianne after a fall. As Elinor eagerly awaits a visit from Edward, Marianne realises that she has two suitors to choose from
COLONEL BRANDON is called away on urgent business and MARIANNE and Brandons rival, WILLOUGHBY, are left to fall blissfully in love. ELINOR finally receives her visit from Edward, but his behaviour is so odd and distant that she is far from reassured. SirJohns nieces, the MISS STEELES, come to Devonshire and Elinor receives the shock of her life when LUCY STEELE confides in her that she is secretly engaged to Edward. Elinors heart is broken but shes true to her word and keeps Lucys secret, even from her sister, Marianne. Marianne receives a horrible shock of her own when Willoughby suddenly takes off for London, declaring that hes unlikely to ever return. The girls however are invited to London themselves to stay with SirJohns mother-in-law, MRS JENNINGS. Marianne sets off for London full of hope of being reunited with Willoughby. Little does she know how much Willoughbys plans have changed since his happy days with her in Devonshire
Marianne learns the full extent of Willoughbys betrayal and wrongdoing from Brandon, who reveals that Willoughby was disinherited by his aunt after getting a young girl (Brandons own ward) pregnant. Willoughby then ran off to London to successfully - find himself a rich heiress to marry. The shock of this news is severe for Marianne and her health begins to deteriorate. When Elinor learns that Edward intends to honour his engagement to Lucy Steele, even though this means being disinherited by his mother, she and Marianne decide to leave London. They are both heartbroken. They stay with Mrs Jenningss daughter, CHARLOTTE PALMER, in Cleveland where Marianne falls gravely ill. Brandon helps Elinor to nurse Marianne back to health and they finally return, with great relief, to their mothers home in Devonshire. With Willoughby and Edward both seemingly gone, all looks lost for the Dashwood girls, until a surprising turn of events.....
Starring David Morrissey (Blackpool, The Deal, State of Play), Janet McTeer (Five Days, As You Like It, Romeo and Me, Songcatcher), Hattie Morahan (Bodies, New Tricks, Peacock Spring), Charity Wakefield (Doctors, Jane Eyre, State of Play), Dan Stevens (Dracula, The Line of Beauty, Frankenstein), Dominic Cooper (The History Boys, Starter for Ten), Mark Williams (Viva Blackpool, Harry Potter, A Cock and Bull Story), Claire Skinner (The Family Man, Bridget Jones's Diary), Anna Madeley (The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton, Consent, The Outsiders), Daisy Haggard (Nicholas Nickleby, Green Wing, Man Stroke Woman)
approx. 174 minutes
|Starring:||David Morrissey; Janet McTeer; Hattie Morahan; Charity Wakefield; Dan Stevens; Dominic Cooper; Mark Williams|
|Cast:||<p>Starring David Morrissey (Blackpool, The Deal, State of Play), Janet McTeer (Five Days, As You Like It, Romeo and Me, Songcatcher), Hattie Morahan (Bodies, New Tricks, Peacock Spring), Charity Wakefield (Doctors, Jane Eyre, State of Play), Dan Stevens (Dracula, The Line of Beauty, Frankenstein), Dominic Cooper (The History Boys, Starter for Ten), Mark Williams (Viva Blackpool, Harry Potter, A Cock and Bull Story), Claire Skinner (The Family Man, Bridget Jones's Diary), Anna Madeley (The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton, Consent, The Outsiders), Daisy Haggard (Nicholas Nickleby, Green Wing, Man Stroke Woman)</p>|
|Editorial Reviews:||<p>Andrew Daviess superb new adaptation of Jane Austens novel is so watchable, above and beyond the usual classic adaptations. What makes it exceptional, I think, is the immense warmth between the characters - particularly the mother and her daughters - that compels the viewer to care deeply what becomes of them all. The Times</p>|