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Welcome to the Jane Austen Movie Club!

We here at Risky Regencies love to talk about movie and TV adaptations of Regency-era novels…and today we’re talking about the 1980 BBC version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! (Also known as “the one with David Rintoul.”)

I watched this adaptation first when I was a teenager, and then again a decade later. The first time, I had already read the novel (at least once), but no other Austen. I recall liking it all right, but not being thrilled with it.

The second time, I had read all of Austen’s novels at least twice, but not seen many adaptations of her works. My housemate (the oft-mentioned book-goddess Heather) and I started putting on Regency “teas” — casual affairs where we would watch Austen adaptations and try out period recipes (I had a little trouble with the orange fool, but the syllabub was delicious.)

I recall our friend Jack (a Jane Austen Ball veteran — when he dances a Trip to Paris, all the kittens run and hide so they don’t get stepped on!) recommended this adaptation when we had our Pride and Prejudice tea — if I recall correctly, he particularly liked David Rintoul’s interpretation of Darcy.

I know I did like this version better that time than I had when I’d first seen it. Was it my greater knowledge of Austen, or of the period? Or was it the wine in the syllabub? Only Jane Austen knows!

I have now watched this adaptation a third time, so let the discussion begin!

To aid the discussion, I’ve listed the major credits below; tidbits about where else you may have seen the actor are in italics.

DIRECTOR: Cyril Coke



Sabina Franklyn: Jane Bennet

Elizabeth Garvie: Elizabeth Bennet

Garvie appeared as Diana Rivers in the 1997 version of JANE EYRE (the one with Ciaran Hinds.)

Tessa Peake-Jones: Mary Bennet

Peake-Jones played Bridget Allworthy in the 1997 TOM JONES.

Clare Higgins: Kitty Bennet

Natalie Ogle: Lydia Bennet

Moray Watson: Mr. Bennet

Priscilla Morgan: Mrs. Bennet

David Rintoul: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy

Regency fans will also have seen Rintoul as Dr. Clive, ship’s surgeon on two episodes of the recent HORNBLOWER series.

Osmund Bullock: Mr. Bingley

Marsha Fitzalan: Caroline Bingley

Jennifer Granville: Mrs. Hurst

Edward Arthur: Mr. Hurst

Irene Richard: Charlotte Lucas

Richard played Elinor in the 1981 SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, and Mrs. Fitzherbert in the 1996 A ROYAL SCANDAL.

Peter Howell: Sir William Lucas

Malcolm Rennie: Mr. Collins

Peter Settelen: Mr. Wickham

Andrew Johns: Capt. Denny

Michael Lees: Mr. Gardiner

Barbara Shelley: Mrs. Gardiner

Moir Leslie: Anne de Bourgh

Judy Parfitt: Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Emma Jacobs: Georgiana Darcy

Elizabeth Stewart: Lady Lucas

Desmond Adams: Col. Fitzwilliam

So…what did you think? And if you haven’t seen it recently, how well did you like it when you last saw it?

All answers welcome!

And come back the first Tuesday of next month, when we’ll be discussing the film MASTER AND COMMANDER!

Cara King, who can’t think of anything clever to put in her sig line

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Welcome to the Risky Regencies Jane Austen Movie Club!

The first Tuesday of every month, we talk about a different Jane Austen adaptation…or sometimes another movie or miniseries of particular interest to Regency fans.

This week: Clueless!

Clueless, of course, was based on Jane Austen’s Emma…so we can talk about how it interprets (and diverges from) Austen’s novel…or we can just talk about the movie on its own terms. As you wish!

The major credits, to aid the discussion, are as follows:

SCREENWRITER: Amy Heckerling

DIRECTOR: Amy Heckerling


Alicia Silverstone: Cher Horowitz

Stacey Dash: Dionne

Brittany Murphy: Tai

Paul Rudd: Josh

Donald Faison: Murray

Elisa Donovan: Amber

Breckin Meyer: Travis

Jeremy Sisto: Elton

Dan Hedaya: Mel Horowitz

Wallace Shawn: Mr. Wendell Hall

Twink Caplan: Miss Toby Geist

Justin Walker: Christian

Herb Hall: Principal

Julie Brown: Ms. Stoeger

So: what did you think about what Heckerling did with the characters? With Harriet, Frank Churchill, her father? Or any of the others?

And is being a friendly stoner really the modern equivalent of being a lowly farmer? 🙂

All comments welcome!

Next month we’ll talk about the 1980 BBC miniseries of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, starring David Rintoul and Elizabeth Garvie! So please join us on July 1 — always the first Tuesday of the month!

Cara King, who’s getting two perfect kittens later today…hurrah!

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Welcome to an impromptu edition of the Risky Regencies JANE AUSTEN MOVIE CLUB!

Today, we’re going to branch out beyond Jane Austen adaptations, and talk about the recent adaptation of CRANFORD.

And in our upcoming schedule: the first Tuesday of June (June 3), we’ll talk about CLUELESS…and the first Tuesday in July (July 1), we’ll talk about the 1980 miniseries of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, the one with David Rintoul and Elizabeth Garvie. Please join us!

So…did you watch any of Cranford? What did you think?

Cast etc are listed here for your discussing convenience:


Miss Deborah Jenkyns — Eileen Atkins
Miss Matty Jenkyns — Judi Dench
Mary Smith — Lisa Dillon
Dr. Harrison — Simon Woods
Harry Gregson — Alex Etel
Martha — Claudie Blakley
Dr. Morgan — John Bowe
Miss Pole — Imelda Staunton
Mrs. Forrester — Julia McKenzie
Mrs. Jamieson — Barbara Flynn
Caroline Tomkinson — Selina Griffiths
Miss Tomkinson — Deborah Findlay
Bertha — Hannah Hobley
Jem Hearne — Andrew Buchan
Helen Hutton — Hester Odgers
Lizzie Hutton — Rosy Byrne
Sophy Hutton — Kimberley Nixon
Walter Hutton — Haydon Downing
Reverend Hutton — Alex Jennings
Mr. Carter — Philip Glenister
Mr. Johnson — Adrian Scarborough
Lady Ludlow — Francesca Annis
Captain Brown — Jim Carter
Jessie Brown — Julia Sawalha
Sir Charles Maulver — Greg Wise
Miss Galindo — Emma Fielding
Margaret Gidman — Bessie Carter
Bella Gregson — Emma Lowndes
Malachi Gregson — Andrew Byrne
Mrs. Rose — Lesley Manville
Major Gordon — Alistair Petrie
Mrs. Johnson — Debra Gillett
Job Gregson — Dean Lennox Kelly
Clara Smith — Finty Williams
Mr. Holbrook — Michael Gambon
Kate — Imogen Byron
Bessie — Hannah Stokely
Mulliner — Roger Ennals
Gypsy Woman — Patricia Leach
Farmer Graves — Andrew Westfield
Jack Marshland — Joe McFadden
Assistant Auctioneer — Adam Henderson Scott
Mrs. Goddard — Andy Rashleigh
Peter Jenkyns — Martin Shaw

SCREENPLAY: Heidi Thomas
DIRECTOR: Simon Curtis and Steve Hudson

All opinions welcome!

Cara King, who has more than two candles

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The first Tuesday of every month, Risky Regencies becomes the place to talk about Jane Austen adaptations, and adaptations of other Regency-interest novels.

Usually, we have one particular adaptation to talk about…

…but today is different.

Today is List Day.

I particularly like the number five today, so today we will do Lists Of Five.


Of all the Jane Austen adaptations you’ve ever seen, on television or in the movie theatre…

What were your Five Favorite Adaptations?

Which were your Five Favorite Heroes To Swoon Over?

Which were your Five Least Favorite Casting Decisions?

(Of course, if you have fewer than five for any of these categories, that’s also fine and dandy!)

Which Five Adaptations Are You Most Likely to Watch Repeatedly?

Which Five Heroines Were Your Favorites?

Which were your Five Favorite Comic Performances?

(Answer any of these questions, or all!)

Which Five Adaptations Did You Think Had The Most Wrong With Them?

What are your Top Five Cringeworthy Moments?

Your Five Favorite Moments?

And last, but not least…what five (or any) adaptations (Jane Austen or other) would you like to discuss in the future?

All answers welcome!

Cara King, who is currently debating the relative merits of the names Elliot and Ezra…

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Welcome back to Risky Regencies’ JANE AUSTEN MOVIE CLUB!

Today we’re discussing the new SENSE & SENSIBILITY, particularly its second half.

If you’d like to look at last week’s discussion, or the cast list for this adaptation, just click here.

So: what did you think???

All comments welcome!

Cara King, author of MY LADY GAMESTER, in which no one chops logs and men rarely take off their coats

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