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The Jane Austen/Poldark connection
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Sense and Sensibility 1971 was recently released in region 1 DVD in America.

It costs $10.50 on Amazon.
 
Just thought others here might like to know as buying a Dutch DVD when it's not on ebay can be difficult if you don't know the language.



-- Edited by redrachel76 on Monday 2nd of November 2009 11:39:21 AM

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I just want to mention that the reason why I included the image of Robin Ellis' back is because it was the one *moment* when you could really see his boots.
Do they seem familiar?

Just a tad ! smile


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Greg wrote:

Oh wow !! Fantastic pics and slideshow Maire !! A lot of effort too clap.gifclap.gif  I really enjoyed it all especially as it's the first time anyone's used the option ! biggrin



Thanks Greg and august!

This was fun! It's the first time I've ever done something like this. If I'd known how easy it would be, I would have done it ages ago. I also would have taken a few more screencaps. Uploading them was a cinch!

Greg wrote:

And great to see Robin and Clive in action in something I've never seen as well. Did this series come before Poldark ? Perhaps why they then teamed up again  ?



Yes, this is a BBC miniseries from 1971- an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Sense and Sensibility made just a few years before Poldark. The programme hasn't been seen in years. It was released on DVD last autumn (in Belgium), and Jane Austen fans have been warmly referring to it as the "Poldark S&S". :)



Greg wrote:

Is Clowance in there too as I've not seen Stranger from the Sea either ? But guess who is in pic number 1 ! Sanson no less biggrin

Brilliant and very much appreciated Maire....Thanks again  smile

Greg






No, Clowance was mentioned below because she appears in another project adaptated from a Jane Austen novel: the 2005 theatrical film of Pride and Prejudice that starred Keira Knightley. (We were sort of joking about "Six degrees of Poldark-Jane Austen" cross-reference thingie below.)

I just want to mention that the reason why I included the image of Robin Ellis' back is because it was the one *moment* when you could really see his boots.
Do they seem familiar? biggrin.gif

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Thanks, Maire.  Those are great!  biggrin

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Oh wow !! Fantastic pics and slideshow Maire !! A lot of effort too clap.gifclap.gif  I really enjoyed it all especially as it's the first time anyone's used the option ! biggrin

And great to see Robin and Clive in action in something I've never seen as well. Did this series come before Poldark ? Perhaps why they then teamed up again  ?

Is Clowance in there too as I've not seen Stranger from the Sea either ? But guess who is in pic number 1 ! Sanson no less biggrin

Brilliant and very much appreciated Maire....Thanks again  smile

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As promised, here are some screencaps of the Poldark actors in Sense and Sensibility.

Oops, forgot to upload the screencap of Willoughby with Marianne and Sophia at the London Assembly. I'll tack it on to the end, if I can.

-- Edited by Maire at 03:15, 2008-07-09

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august1229 wrote:

You and I have two obsessions in common!

I'd love to see that Poldark S&S.  I've never heard of it before! 

I also learned that the girl who played Caroline Bingley in the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice played Clowance in the later Poldark - I've never seen that and would like to look it up.

I recall instantly recognizing that actor who played Captain McNeil in the S&S tape when I first played it.  He is a good comedic actor.  I still crack up at him sitting in the Poldark library declaring "I make this my headquarters."  As Sir John he was a riot!





Thanks for the reply, august. I knew someone here would understand! aww


I wish the 1971 S&S was more widely available. (I ordered mine from Ebay.) Although this version suffers from the same problems as other early 70's BBC productions (low production values: stageyness, poor video quality, anachronistic hair styles and make-up, odd costuming) it's still quite enjoyable.

Ellis' Edward has a slight stutter and is a little clumsy--so endearing! Patricia Routledge (Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances) plays Mrs. Jennings. Her performance is spot on--the best of all the versions I've seen!  Additionally, Joanna David (Mrs. Gardiner in 1995's Pride and Prejudice) gives an outstanding performance as Elinor.

When I get a chance, I'll make some screencaps and post links.

Kelly Reilly (sp?) does indeed play Clowance in the 1996 Poldark film.

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You and I have two obsessions in common!

I'd love to see that Poldark S&S.  I've never heard of it before! 

I also learned that the girl who played Caroline Bingley in the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice played Clowance in the later Poldark - I've never seen that and would like to look it up.

I recall instantly recognizing that actor who played Captain McNeil in the S&S tape when I first played it.  He is a good comedic actor.  I still crack up at him sitting in the Poldark library declaring "I make this my headquarters."  As Sir John he was a riot!

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I was barely a teenager when Poldark appeared on US public television in 1977. Cable wasn't yet available where we lived and we couldn't pick up PBS on our antenna, so I missed out on the 1970's Poldark phenomenon. smile

I actually came to Poldark through my interest in Jane Austen-- her novels, life, and the period in whch she lived. The Georgian and Regency eras are often a big discussion topic among Austen enthusiasts. I kept hearing and reading comments about this Poldark thing so I finally decided to check it out for myself. And the rest is history.

In addition to sharing historical time periods, Austen and Poldark are also connected through the BBC.  In series 1 of Poldark I've discovered six actors who have appeared in adaptations of Jane Austen's works-- three of whom appeared together in a production of Austen's first published novel, Sense and Sensibility.  BBC's 1971 mini series of S&S stars Clive Francis as Willoughby, Robin Ellis as Edward Ferrars, and Milton Johns as John Dashwood. Thus this mini is lovingly referred to, among Austen enthusiasts, as the "Poldark S&S." 

Additionally, Christopher Benjamin and Norma Streader appear together in the renowned 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as Sir William Lucas and his wife, Lady Lucas.

Donald Douglas appears in a 1980's version of Sense and Sensibility as Sir John Middleton.

This information might seem silly to some people, but I thought it might be amusing to those who understand what it is to have an obsession...or even two. wink 

Incidentally, the Poldark S&S is available on DVD in The Netherlands, and yes, I have a copy.  What self-respecting Austen/Poldark fan could resist the opportunity to see Ross and Francis Poldark as the gentlemen who sweep the Dashwood sisters off their feet?  (Thanks to the advice I found online about reprogramming my dvd player, I can now view dvds from any region.)

Here is a link to the Poldark S&S
http://tinyurl.com/697myj

-- Edited by Maire at 22:49, 2008-05-16

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