Austen for Beginners

Film/TV adaptations - Persuasion

Most recent TV adaptation of Persuasion ....

First broadcast in the UK in May 2007 and first broadcast in the US in January 2008 as part of a Jane Austen season on Masterpiece Theatre. Pictured above are (left to right) Rupert Penry-Jones as Captain Wentworth, Sally Hawkins as Anne Elliot and Tobias Menzies as William Elliot.

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Austen for Beginners opinion: A good adaptation but still with some weird bits that make you think, WHY? For example: WHY did Anne have to run about so much? WHY was Mrs Smith (supposedly crippled) seen walking in the street as Anne ran past her? I could go on, but I won't.... Worth watching but not as faithful as the 1995 adaptation (see below).

And before that there was...
Persuasion (1995) - BBC miniseries

Great adaptation that most Austen fans loved, starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds.

Austen for Beginners opinion: The best and not at all put in the shade by the new version.

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