Sense and Sensibility
Period drama is something that the BBC does best and Sense and Sensibility is a fine example of that. The production is lavish and adapted by Andrew Davies, of Bleak House and Pride and Prejudice. The drama is based on the book by Jane Austen and follows the Dashwood family and the lives and loves of the two of the three girls – sensible Elinor and romantic Marianne. There is an all star cast featuring Janet McTeer David Morrissey and Mark Williams.
Episode 1 of 3 starts with the death of Mr Dashwood , and Mrs Dashwood and her three daughters having to find somewhere else to live. The girls are used to a privileged lifestyle but all of that is at risk as they have no claim on the estate, which their half-brother John inherits. They move to Devonshire and Elinor is distraught as she is forced to leave her love – Edward Ferrars . However, Mrs Ferrars does not consider Elinor to be a suitable match for her son.
In Devonshire, Marianne becomes the object of Colonel Brandon’s affections (Morrissey) but there is quite an age gap as she is 15 and he is 35 (closer to her mother’s age). She becomes attracted to handsome Mr. Willoughby who rescues her when she sprains her ankle whilst out walking. Willoughby and Brandon meet when both are visiting Marianne and it is obvious that there is some history between them. Future episodes will focus on the love affairs and heartbreaks of the two older Dashwood girls (played by Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in the award winning film version of Sense and Sensibility).