In the footsteps of...ch5

brue replied on 01/04/2021 14:19

Posted on 01/04/2021 14:19

I really enjoyed this Weds evening programme, In the Footsteps of Jane Austen with Gyles Brandreth. It was very entertaining and illuminating, humorous too. I was surprised to learn Jane Austen had a go at writing fiction in her father's church parish registers...she was quite naughty! I followed on by watching Sense and Sensibility and could suddenly see Jane in the character of Margaret, the younger sister. Some of this film was made at Montacute near where we live and some beautiful spots on the Flete estate in Devon. Even more interesting for me was the church at Berry Pomeroy because many of my Devon ancestors were hatched and matched there. The evening finished much too late, way past my bedtime, but it was good. I think I'll enjoy the next programmes about Hardy and Dickens too. 😊

WayTwoGo replied on 02/04/2021 11:53

Posted on 02/04/2021 11:53

Thank you Brue for the OP. Not in the habit of watching much at all on TV, I am always pleased when I get alerted to a programme of interest.

Like the poster above, I too have an aversion to GB. But, for The Love Of Jane, I will overcome!

Currently I am working on an analysis of the different (available) screened adaptations of Sense & Sensibility so that will be useful. (Two are older BBC versions and one - 1971 - is delightfully "cronky". Shows how much production values have changed.)

Re the film version: Hugh Grant is waaaayyy too handsome as Ed Ferrars who "was not handsome"! But I forgive all for Alan Rickman as Brandon. We visited the Flete Estate and Saltram House years ago (for The Love Of Jane of course). Montacute we went to many times when we lived in Somerset.

Thanks. 

Takethedogalong replied on 02/04/2021 15:03

Posted on 02/04/2021 15:03

Love Emma Thompson’s adaptation. I have her published Diary/screenplay book that accompanied the film’s making. She even managed to find the love of her life (Greg Wise) during the making. 😁Some very good Austen adaptations, TV and Film. 

Same with the Bronte Sisters as well. I love The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, TV version. Toby Stephens, Tara Fitzgerald, James Purefoy, Rupert Graves. Then there’s the Jane Eyre with either Timothy Dalton, Ciaran Hinds or Toby Stephens....... Haddon Hall was used as Thornfield in two of those versions, very interesting place, very old with lovely gardens.

WayTwoGo replied on 02/04/2021 15:51

Posted on 02/04/2021 15:03 by Takethedogalong

Love Emma Thompson’s adaptation. I have her published Diary/screenplay book that accompanied the film’s making. She even managed to find the love of her life (Greg Wise) during the making. 😁Some very good Austen adaptations, TV and Film. 

Same with the Bronte Sisters as well. I love The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, TV version. Toby Stephens, Tara Fitzgerald, James Purefoy, Rupert Graves. Then there’s the Jane Eyre with either Timothy Dalton, Ciaran Hinds or Toby Stephens....... Haddon Hall was used as Thornfield in two of those versions, very interesting place, very old with lovely gardens.

Posted on 02/04/2021 15:51

I rather like the more recent BBC's Sense & Sensibility. David Morrissey as Brandon is a match for Rickman. (I say more recent; it was filmed in 2008! Time for another??)

The latest adaptation of Emma is an abomination, notwithstanding the presence of Bill Nighy as Mr Woodhouse. It is rather cartoon-esque. But maybe that was the director's intention? Less an adaptation; more an appropriation.

My favourite Austen adaptation is Persuasion with Simon Russell Beale, Amanda Root, Corin Redgrave and Ciaran Hinds. So beautifully filmed with an Autumnal hue, so fitting for the elegiac theme.

 

 

brue replied on 02/04/2021 16:57

Posted on 02/04/2021 16:57

Hope you enjoy the programme. I will be interested in what he finds out about Hardy, I'm not too keen on Hardy as a person but I would imagine there is more to find out (or crawl out of the woodwork.) We visited the church in Cornwall where he met his first wife, I don't think she had a very happy time with him.

The Ang Lee/ Emma Thompson film which followed the Jane Austen programme seemed a bit saccharine when I watched it again, both the Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman characters did a lot of simpering, not much dialogue. But still enjoyable. 

I presume they'll add a related  film after each programme.

TDA the Bronte's are included in the series.

WayTwoGo replied on 02/04/2021 18:20

Posted on 02/04/2021 16:57 by brue

Hope you enjoy the programme. I will be interested in what he finds out about Hardy, I'm not too keen on Hardy as a person but I would imagine there is more to find out (or crawl out of the woodwork.) We visited the church in Cornwall where he met his first wife, I don't think she had a very happy time with him.

The Ang Lee/ Emma Thompson film which followed the Jane Austen programme seemed a bit saccharine when I watched it again, both the Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman characters did a lot of simpering, not much dialogue. But still enjoyable. 

I presume they'll add a related  film after each programme.

TDA the Bronte's are included in the series.

Posted on 02/04/2021 18:20

Yes, all that love poetry Hardy wrote after Emma died. Weird. Lovely verse though. I re-read those poems a lot. I did the whole Hardy in Cornwall trip a long time ago....

I like the A Davies adaptation of S&S  because I think there is more "edge" to John and Fanny Dashwood. Mind, Dan Stevens is also too handsome for Ed Ferrars (who is a bit of  a wimp in the novel). D Morrissey's Brandon glowered a lot at Dominic Cooper's Willoughby.

Once, my daughter and I went to see a stage version in the Northcott in Exeter. When W's villainy was exposed, a lady in the back row shouted very loudly, "The cad!" Audience collapsed and I don't know how the cast kept their composure. A memory I cherish.

Looking forward to getting into this series. Is JA the first?