The Last Jane Austen . . .

vee_new

J A's unfinished work Sanditon has been made for ITV, most of it written/adapted by Andrew Davies as only a few chapters had been completed before her death.

Set in a yet to be re-built 'sea-side' town with almost too many characters to remember, it has several scenes/lines that would have caused Miss Austen's eyebrows to rise and a deep blush to cover her face.

Plenty of male buttocks frolicing in the waves, a young heroine allowed out and about among workmen with no escort and, even worse, no bonnet and a brother and sister who's relationship is rather too close for comfort. As for another 'respectable' young woman's conduct with the local 'rake' (and not the kind used in the garden) it causes a very unladylike remark about the goings on as witnessed by heroine Charlotte. "She wouldn't know the difference between a pr*ck and a pencil." No wonder poor C has a permanent twitchy look.

Many of the characters are down-right unpleasant and resemble those from Vanity Fair , which is, I suppose, how JA originally portrayed them; money grubbing and out for what they could get.

Will I carry on watching it? Probably, as it is showing on a Sunday night; the High Drama Spot for UK TV. And the ladies costumes are pretty.

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vee_new

A Clip about making the show . . . one of the external venues



Sanditon

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annpanagain

I shall watch this with interest. Reginald Hill has written a book using the fragment of Sanditon in "The Price of Butcher's Meat/ UK pub. A Cure for all Diseases" in a very clever way.

I have become inured to the lack of bonnets in 19thC portrayals, with a sigh! The explanation has been that a bonneted face doesn't show up well on camera!

I am also inured to the liberties taken with authors by scriptwriters, like some of the Christie horrors and watch them anyway for the period staging.

The adaptations that veer wildly from the original I treat as a different story altogether...

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carolyn_ky

Speaking of period dramas, Downton Abbey, the movie, is coming to Louisville on the 20th. My daughter's birthday is the 21st, and she has asked to be taken to see it that afternoon. That will be if I can get tickets, which I expect will be sold out early. I did watch and enjoy the TV series, but I'm not one of the hysterically devoted fans.

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vee_new

Annpan, perhaps not many takers for Sanditon here. I realise we can't get into the 'feel' of the early nineteenth century and I'm not sure when a bow/curtsy was replaced by a handshake but I feel the modern man-hug is going too far. Also the habit of the gentlemen removing their coats and sitting in their shirt sleeves seems unrealistic . . . and their is a wonderful scene straight out of a shampoo advert where one Lord greets a young lady with a Veronica Lake hair-do, with a comment about her beautiful shiny locks . . . .

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vee_new

Carolyn, a clever money-making move with the Downton Abbey film, made with the American market very much in mind.

Sometime ago there was an interview with Dame Maggie Smith about the possibility of a movie being made and she did quite a bit of eye rolling . . . I imagine it brings her in a few bob but is not her idea of quality drama!


Write up and Trailer for Downton Abbey

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annpanagain

Vee, I understand that people would get annoyed at modern manners being grafted onto the 19thC but really we don't know exactly what people did then.

They were certainly more free and easy than the Victorians. Perhaps a Regency man might hug a friend or take off his coat in hot weather for comfort or to do a certain task but a lady would never go out without wearing a bonnet!

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annpanagain

Vee, talking about TV shows, have you watched "Keeping Faith"? I was interested by the idea of it being shot simultaneously in Welsh and English. I saw the first episode recently and rushed to get the entire series on DVD, not wanting to wait for the weekly showing.

I thought you might have seen it and the second series which I believe has started now. It is a bit moody and slow but an intriguing mystery!

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vee_new

Annpan, yes I did watch it but think I must have missed the last episode as I can't remember how it ended. I do know I felt some concern for the two children who were forever being dragged about in the middle of the night!

Did you or anyone see Bodyguard? That moved at a fast pace.

And on a film/TV topic we have here in our village a large film-crew parked about a quarter of a mile from us with all the trucks, trailers and electrical equipment enough to power a small town. Not sure what is being made (always very hush-hush) but the word is it is something to do with Camelot; so it could be Merlin/Arthur related. I thought as offering myself for a bit-part as an old crone.

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annpanagain

Vee, the last episode finished with a cliff hanger as she got the children back and was finally in a clinch with Baldini when she saw that her missing husband holding the children were watching her! Because of all the time "too and froing" in the show I wasn't sure if that was a "then" moment again and had to look it up on the websites to find out! Yes, it was really happening... tune in to series two...

No, I haven't seen Bodyguard. I shall check it out.

You could find out if the film crew need extras! I was in a film many years ago but when I started to " Tell" this, the teacher told me to sit down. She chided me privately at the end of class, saying that she wanted true stories and was gobsmacked when I told her it really was true, citing the location etc.

Lesson for teachers ...never be surprised at what children come out with!

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carolyn_ky

My mother, a first grade teacher, said no family had any secrets from her, and if the story wasn't good enough, it would sometimes be embellished.

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