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Sense and Sensibility

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Review

Anyone whose heart was turned to marshmallow by Ang Lee’s gorgeous 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility could be forgiven for approaching any television adaptation with a flamethrower and a set of goggles. But don’t, because this 2008 adaptation is lovely – elegant, warm, funny and, of course, utterly romantic; it’s most certainly not a duplicate of the movie, more of a companion piece. And apart from a kinky little flourish right at the very beginning, when a young lady is undressed by an unseen male hand in the light of a roaring fire, writer Andrew Davies makes sure everyone keeps their modesty – at least in the first episode.

Hattie Morahan and Charity Wakefield shine as the Dashwood girls, Elinor and Marianne, two clever and spirited young women displaced with their mother (the regal Janet McTeer) and younger sister from the family home on the death of their father. But a new life in Devon holds the promise of love as decent Colonel Brandon (David Morrissey) and the dashing Willoughby (Dominic Cooper) take more than a passing interest.

Summary

Charity Wakefield and Hattie Morahan lead the cast in Andrew Davies's adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel about a voyage of sexual and romantic discovery. Following the death of her husband, Mrs Dashwood and her daughters are forced to give up their home and move to a small cottage in Devonshire. Elinor is disappointed to leave her old home after falling in love with Edward Ferrars, her sister-in-law's brother, but looks forward to a promised visit. Marianne quickly finds she has an admirer in Colonel Brandon but is swept of her feet by neighbour Willoughby.

Cast & Crew

Elinor Dashwood Hattie Morahan
Marianne Dashwood Charity Wakefield
Mrs Dashwood Janet McTeer
Colonel Brandon David Morrissey
Willoughby Dominic Cooper
Edward Ferrars Dan Stevens
Mrs Ferrars Jean Marsh
Sir John Middleton Mark Williams
John Dashwood Mark Gatiss
Margaret Dashwood Lucy Boynton
Fanny Dashwood Claire Skinner
Mrs Jennings Linda Bassett
Miss Steele Daisy Haggard
Mr Harris Damien Thomas
Thomas Perth Oisin Dickie
Lady Middleton Rosanna Lavelle
Martha Wendy Albiston
Jenkins Campbell Graham
Doctor Christopher Beeny
Footman at Norland Park Steve North
Director John Alexander
Executive Producer Jessica Pope
Producer Anne Pivcevic
Writer Andrew Davies
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