Today we’re talking about the new adaptation of Mansfield Park.
To aid the discussion, here are the major credits, with a few notes on some of the people involved.
DIRECTOR: Iain B. MacDonald
SCREENPLAY: Maggie Wadey
Maggie Wadey wrote the screenplay for the 1986 (creepy Tilney) adaptation of Northanger Abbey! She also wrote the 1991 Adam Bede and the 1995 Buccaneers.
Douglas Hodge — Sir Thomas Bertram
Maggie O’Neill — Mrs. Norris
Jemma Redgrave — Lady Bertram
In case anyone was wondering exactly what the relationships are, Jemma Redgrave is the daughter of Corin Redgrave (who played Sir Walter Elliot in the 1995 Persuasion), the niece of Lynn Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave, and cousin to Natasha and Joely Richardson.
Billie Piper — Fanny Price
Billie Piper, of course, is famous for Doctor Who. She also played Sally Lockhart in the adaptation of the Victorian-set Philip Pullman novel The Ruby in the Smoke, and its sequel, The Shadow in the North (which also featured Northanger Abbey‘s J J Feild).
Blake Ritson — Edmund Bertram
Does Blake Ritson look familiar? He played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Catherine Steadman — Julia Bertram
James D’Arcy — Tom Bertram
Michelle Ryan — Maria Bertram
Michelle Ryan, in case you didn’t recognize her face from a million adverts and billboards, is the new Bionic Woman.
Rory Kinnear — Rushworth
Joseph Morgan — William Price
Hayley Atwell — Mary Crawford
Hayley Atwell played alongside Billie Piper in The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North.
Joseph Beattie — Henry Crawford
So…what did you think???
All comments welcome!
Cara King, who will give a puppy from Pug’s next litter to whoever can say what country dances they were doing