Today we’re discussing the newest adaptation of Persuasion, which aired in the US this past Sunday on PBS, and in the UK last year.
First, here’s some Knowledge to Impress your Friends With: contrary to what some people assume, this Persuasion is not a BBC production. The upcoming new Sense and Sensibility is BBC, but the other three new adaptations (Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park) are ITV.
Now that that sticky mess is out of the way, please turn off your cell phones and pagers, place your tray tables in their upright position, and tell us what you thought of the new Persuasion!
(By the way, here’s an interview with Sally Hawkins, the new Anne Elliot. A rather ordinary interview, in my opinion, but see what you think.)
To aid discussion, here’s a cast list and some of the other major credits. As I love noticing folks who’ve worked on other historical adaptations, I’ve put some “you’ve seen him in this” tidbits in purple.
Director: Adrian Shergold
Screenplay: Simon Burke
Sally Hawkins — Anne Elliot
Hawkins played Mary Shelley in the 2003 TV Byron which starred Jonny Lee Miller.
Anthony Head — Sir Walter Elliot
Julia Davis — Elizabeth Elliot
Amanda Hale — Mary Musgrove
Penry-Jones played St John Rivers in the Samantha Morton/Ciaran Hinds Jane Eyre.
Alice Krige — Lady Russell
Krige played Mary Shelley in 1988’s Haunted Summer, and the beautiful marquesa in Sharpe’s Honour.
Michael Fenton Stevens — Mr. Shepherd
Mary Stockley — Mrs. Clay
Peter Wight — Admiral Croft
Jennifer Higham — Louisa Musgrove
Rosamund Stephen — Henrietta Musgrove
Stephen played Miss de Bourgh in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice.
Stella Gonet — Mrs. Musgrove
Sam Hazeldine — Charles Musgrove
Nicholas Farrell — Mr. Musgrove
Joseph Mawle — Captain Harville
Finlay Robertson — James Benwick
Tobias Menzies — William Elliot
Maisie Dimbleby — Mrs. Smith
Sarah Buckland — Nurse Rooke
So, what did you think???
All opinions welcome! (Though do be polite!)
And be sure to stop by here on the next two Tuesdays, when we’ll be discussing the new Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park!
Cara King, who reads and writes books, and would sleep on them too if she were a cat