Is anyone else excited by the fact that PBS is all over Jane Austen this winter? In a move that has English majors drooling, PBS will air each of Austen’s novel-turned-movies on consecutive Sundays through March on, appropriately enough, Masterpiece Theater. But no, no, this is not the staid Masterpiece Theater of old; the program has been revamped into a hip new animal called simply, Masterpiece, replete with the theme song “Sweet Jane” celebrating the Austen series. Seriously, “Sweet Jane” by the Cowboy Junkies. I love it!
“Persuasion” was the first film to air last week, and it was woooonderful thanks to the perfectly brooding man and glances held an uncomfortably long time between said brooding man and the “unmarriable” 27-year-old Anne Elliot. If you’ve read any Austen, you know the rest–love is just out of reach, thanks to class differences or terrible misunderstandings. Throw in grand manors, impeccable manners, a hearty walk in the countryside and a tentative kiss in the last frame before the credits, and you’ve got the story.
For devotees, the schedule is:
- Jan. 20 Northanger Abbey
- Jan. 27 Mansfield Park
- Feb. 3 Miss Austen regrets (a biopic)
- Feb. 10, 17, 24 and worth all three dates: Pride & Prejudice
- March 23 Emma
- March 30, April 6 Sense & Sensibility