Masterpiece Classic 2011 Season Preview

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One of the consolations of being trapped inside during the cold, wet Pacific Northwest winter in the prospect of great television from Masterpiece Classic on PBS. Celebrating its 40th year on the air, the longest-running and most-honored drama series in primetime announced its new 2011 season this past week. There are some exciting new productions in the queue: Downton Abbey, Any Human Heart, Upstairs Downstairs and South Riding, and encore presentations of My Boy Jack, The Unseen Alistair Cooke and 39 Steps in store for drama lovers.

Since girlhood, I have been entranced by Masterpiece Theater, now Masterpiece, broken down into the Classic, Mystery and Contemporary seasons a few years back. This superbly produced series has for the majority of my life enriched my viewing experience and opened up new possibilities in reading classics which many of the shows are adapted from, and more recently contemporary fare with books and stories from the twentieth century. Continue reading “Masterpiece Classic 2011 Season Preview”

Sense and Sensibility (2008) Episode Two on Masterpiece Classic PBS – A Review

“I, and only I, knew your heart and its sorrows; yet, to what did it influence me? — not to any compassion that could benefit you or myself. — Your example was before me: but to what avail? — Was I more considerate of you and your comfort? Did I imitate your forbearance, or lessen your restraints, by taking any part in those offices of general complaisance or particular gratitude which you had hitherto been left to discharge alone? No; — not less when I knew you to be unhappy, than when I had believed you at ease, did I turn away from every exertion of duty or friendship; scarcely allowing sorrow to exist but with me, regretting only that heart which had deserted and wronged me, and leaving you, for whom I professed an unbounded affection, to be miserable for my sake.”  Marianne Dashwood,  Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 46

Episode two of the BBC/PBS adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility aired Sunday night
on Masterpiece Classic. It did not entirely disappoint, nor was as satisfying as one would expect for a Jane Continue reading “Sense and Sensibility (2008) Episode Two on Masterpiece Classic PBS – A Review”

Sense and Sensibility (2008) Episode One on Masterpiece Classic PBS – A Review

 

Marianne began now to perceive that the desperation which had seized her at sixteen and a half, of ever seeing a man who could satisfy her ideas of perfection, had been rash and unjustifiable. Willoughby was all that her fancy had delineated in that unhappy hour and in every brighter period, as capable of attaching her; and his behaviour declared his wishes to be in that respect as earnest, as his abilities were strong. Marianne Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 10

The first episode of the BBC/PBS adaptation Sense and Sensibility by John Alexander/Andrew Davies aired last night on Masterpiece Classic. Its the final installment of their 2008 series, The Complete Jane Austen, Continue reading “Sense and Sensibility (2008) Episode One on Masterpiece Classic PBS – A Review”

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