Referred to as “little known” in a BBC 2004 news piece entitled “Jane Austen’s enduring appeal” (Caroline Westbrook), and the frustration of P&P fans worldwide, is the 1938 version of Pride and Prejudice that many have speculated has fallen off of the planet. Solely a “tv” adaptation, it is the first Jane Austen adaptation to ever hit the tv screens, and did so in the UK twice in May 1938. But information about the piece is limited, however a bit of hunting has revealed some interesting tidbits that I am hoping may lead to a video copy of the almost hour long production. Continue reading
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The supposed Pride and Prejudice parody, Plots and Proposals, is a funny sketch I stumbled on a while ago. It was originally broadcast in the UK on Christmas Day 2000 as a christmas special of ‘Victoria Wood with all the trimmings’ and has been broadcast for the last three christmases in the UK. With all the gorgeous set design and extras, it’s as good as it comes with the BBC hallmark quality but with a Blackadder-esque sense of humour attached. Written by Victoria Wood, and directed by John Birkin, the wordy screenplay is no doubt enjoyable for any Janeite.
“The only way to get a man like Mr. Darcy is to make him up”- ‘Jane Austen’ fictionalized in Miss Austen Regrets
Before I say that I loved this little dramatized biography of Austen’s life (directed by Jeremy Lovering), I need to point out that it is a complete understatement. I spammed my friends to watch this, because it was so insightful and heartfelt. Obviously, any biographical material of Jane Austen (fictionalised or otherwise) will include great insight into Pride and Prejudice, by matter of association. Miss Austen Regrets is no exception and I completely loved the small snippets of Darcy that we got through this BBC film.
I’ve read some criticisms that Jane (played by Olivia Williams) is too sharp and mean in this production, with one user commenting on ImDb that Austen appeared “unpleasant, sarcastic and resentful” however I felt none of that. I thought she was real and witty, and reminded me very much of Elizabeth Bennet (as well as a smidgen of Emma Woodhouse and even Elinor Dashwood at times). Continue reading
“Jane lived in a world where it was universally ackowledged that marriage was a market and this would become the central theme of her novels.”
This documentary, one of BBC’s “films for humanities and sciences”, directed by Nicky Patterson, uses potential look-alikes to Austen’s family, dressed in character, to present the information in a wonderful way. They role-play as the family members, including Jane herself, as though they are being personally interviewed for the documentary.
It is narrated by Anne Chancellor, the actress of 1995 BBC/A&E Caroline Bingley, who is also related to Jane Austen herself (by some long, winding road of genetics). It also includes clips from that well-loved version of Pride and Prejudice. Continue reading
NB: I haven’t been able to find whether this is 1980 or 1979 (differing accounts everywhere) but I believe it to be either the December of ’79 or the January of ’80 (I think the Jan of ’80 was the first English release?).
I hate the crude cartoon background on opening and crap font that they stick over it, as it seems cheap and really outdated (although can sort of forgive it for the latter considering). In the current world of Avatar and $300 million productions, it’s hard to step back and consider the constraints on the director, Cyril Coke, due to time and technology. Despite all this, I liked that the opening included a tribute to the original title “First Impressions” and it didn’t ruin the whole movie of about 5 and a half hours, in two parts. Continue reading
“Pride and Prejudice will still be read when people go on holiday to the moon.”- Ian McMillan (Poet and Broadcaster)
If you are enough of a fan to have read the book, watched the versions and to have stumbled on this site then you definitely want to see this half hour BBC documentary that was released in 2005 to match the release of the 2005 Keira Knightley version. Beginning with the history of the novel, from when it was written, it then goes on to include clips from the BBC versions, Bride and Prejudice, the 2005 version and Bridget Jones’ Diary. Continue reading
without leaving your house?
And when I say “Pemberley”, the home of Mr. Darcy, I mean Lyme Hall, Cheshire- otherwise known as ‘that place they filmed in the BBC version’. Well, now there is actually a way! If you haven’t grown up in the third world, you probably know about ‘Google Earth’, a fantastic piece of software that allows you to see anywhere in the world via satellite images.
I accidentally came across a video on youtube called “Pride and Prejudice- Lizzie’s Diary, read by Jennifer Ehle”. If you missed the video when it was up here, then I apologise. The video actually had a really good picture of Lizzy and Jane as the platform for the audio. Unfortunately, although the video is still about, I have taken it down as I was contacted by Jane Odiwe (complete Janeite and artist) via Twitter asking me where I found the video as the image is hers and they hadn’t gotten permission. With that being said, if anyone knows where one can get a copy of ‘Lizzy’s diary’- I would be very grateful. I can’t seem to find it anywhere.
Firstly, I have to apologise for the bulk of these videos being the 2005 Keira Knightley version, however most of the fan-made videos on youtube are made of clips from this version. I have, however, endeavoured to include both the 2005 and the 1995 BBC version to give us some variety. I chose these following videos based on originality, song choice, flow and however much I liked them. Continue reading