Thursday, October 29, 2009

BBC's Emma

Hey Austen fans, guess what! ~ BBC has put out new version of Emma!!
The four part, mini-series was aired this month in the UK... but sadly, it's not to be brought to PBS here in the states, until February...
BBC Worldwide Sales and Distribution and WGBH today announced co-productions of two star-studded dramas: the beloved classic, Emma, and the sequel to BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated drama Cranford, Cranford 2. Both programs will make their U.S. premiere in early 2010 on WGBH’s MASTERPIECE CLASSIC on PBS.

Commented Susanna Pollack, SVP, Sales & Distribution and Children’s, BBC Worldwide, Americas, “Following Cranford’s success in the U.S. and UK, we are excited to be working with WGBH again to bring its sequel, Cranford 2, as well as the Jane Austen’s classical tale, Emma, to audiences next year.”

“Our viewers have been clamoring for more Jane Austen and more Judi Dench,” said MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton “These new productions add up to a very strong MASTERPIECE CLASSIC season in 2010.”

Emma (4 x 60)

Romola Garai (Atonement, Daniel Deronda), Sir Michael Gambon (Cranford, Gosford Park), and Jonny Lee Miller (Byron, Eli Stone, Trainspotting) star in this BBC and WGBH co-production which follows the dire consequences of Emma’s failed matchmaking schemes. Michael Gambon plays Emma’s affectionate, neurotic father who allows her to be mistress of their household. Jonny Lee Miller—(who stars in MASTERPIECE’s Endgame, premiering in October) plays Mr. Knightley, Emma’s shrewd and attractive neighbor, who provides a welcome counterpart to headstrong Emma. Fresh and funny, this perceptive adaptation by Sandy Welch (Our Mutual Friend, Jane Eyre, North and South) brings Jane Austen’s comic masterpiece to life.

source: PBS site
So, are you reading my mind, and thinking it sounds so good... and can't imagine waiting all winter before catching this acclaimed masterpiece? Well, I have good news... you don't have to! You can catch the episodes early, by watching them online!!

You can either go to the BBC's website: Emma
(I believe this is only available for a limited time)....

Or, on YouTube:
Just a note, because of YouTube file restrictions, each episode has been divided into 6 parts. ~
So be sure you scroll down [in the right column] and begin with Episode one, part one.

Enjoy!! :-)


Note: After discovering this, late last night, I watched the entire first episode (yes all six parts)!! So far is seems to be a really great adaption! ~ Can't wait to watch the rest... :)

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