Lukewarm "Persuasion" begins Masterpiece Classics

The opening salvo of Masterpiece Classics (formerly Masterpiece Theatre) missed the target with its new adaptation of Jane Austen's "Persuasion."  Vital scenes were played out of order and context, dialogue assigned to the wrong character and an embarrasing marathon by Anne Elliott through the streets of Bath.  Really!  Young ladies of good character did not hurtle down the streets in pursuit of young gentlemen in Regency times, yet this adaptation shows Anne running to and fro, hither and yon and meeting up with all the major characters in the novel, including her invalid friend who stages a miraculous recovery just in time to warn Anne of the nefarious deeds of her cousin.

JDL has an earlier version of "Persuasion" starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds which is much superior.   The 1995 screenplay is much closer to the book and the cast and acting, IMHO, is much better.  To get the entire version, read the book or listen to the audiobook.

Hopefully the next installment, "Northanger Abbey", will be better.  The chat at The Republic of Pemberley, the premier Jane Austen site on the Web, says "it's fun and funny"  and "kept the same high spirits as the book itself and had a lovely leading couple in Felicity Jones and JJ Field."

So I'm looking forward to next Sunday!

Comments

Lukewarm Persuasion

I, too, was disappointed in this week's show.  The running all over, and the ending kiss out on a public  street, were both very inappropriate to the era...not to mention that the running was pretty undignified and not what a Jane Austen heroine would be expected to do (IMHO).

Seta Gere