Monday, January 25, 2010

I LOVE Masterpiece Theater!!!

     Last night, my son walked into the room where I was sitting and asked "What are you smiling at?"  Yes, I was probabably smiling for 2 hours. I don't watch alot of television- In fact, for about a month we did not have HGTV or  Food Network, so, other than CREATE, I wan't too interested. My college son was home so ESPN and any game going on at the time was on. (Also, the reason for not blogging too much-spent alot of family time and long dinner times!) There was much male bonding-which is good.
         BUT-Sunday night is Masterpiece Theater! An hour or two-no commercials! (which are getting sooo much louder lately!)  I love it. I enjoy Masterpiece Mystery and Contemporary, but Classic-ahhhhhh! That is my cup of tea! 
         Last season- Dickens and Jane Austin-I was delerious!  For the last month it was Cranford and Return to Cranford.....could I have been happier? Judi Dench-so lovely! For me, it is a "holiday" to the English Countryside!
    Last night-  

I have read the Jane Austen book many times.... I like the 1997 version - It starts Kate Beckinsale as Emma and Mark Strong as Mr. Knightley..  I adore the  1996 Miramax adaptations starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam!!

But last night's is a clip
This version is 3 Sundays and last nights was 2 hours of bliss!

You can probably still catch it this week and tape (eww-I am still so out of it!  tivo or DVR) It is on in NY PBS tonight -late night 2:00 am and again on Saturday night.

 PBS has also offered that  You canwatch it on line HERE!! until March 9th. Usually they do it by week -so check it so you will not be disappointed!

           From PBS-
     SYNOPSIS-Emma Woodhouse (Romola Garai, Atonement adorable!!) was born with the sun shining down on her. The radiant, privileged girl grows into a remarkable talent for matchmaking, as observed by her loving but disapproving father (Michael Gambon, Cranford) and childhood friend Mr. Knightley (Jonny Lee Miller, Endgame-sooo cute!!). When the decidedly less privileged Harriet Smith arrives, Emma meddles with fate to find her a match, until her flawless intuition is called into question. Dissuaded from more matrimonial predictions, Emma nonetheless continues to cheerfully contemplate superior men — and meets one of her own in the handsome, gleaming Frank Churchill. But after being so busy managing everyone else's heart, does Emma know her own? A fiercely funny new version of the Jane Austen novel, Emma was adapted by Sandy Welch (Jane Eyre).

Go to the website-there is a quiz to see what bachelor of Highbury would be your match!!! Mine-Mr. Nightly...but I would not take any less!

So, I hope you take a look -if British accents, English countrysides, handsome men, romance, comedy, beautiful period dresses, handsome men (did I say that?), gorgeous homes and Jane Austen are your thing....give it a try!

 I also love Becoming Jane with Anne Hathaway....

and Lost in Austen, a modern day take on Jane.

There's also a "Bollywood" Emma in the works, according to "Anil Kapoor has announced that he will be producing a version of Jane Austen's 'Emma' for [daughter Sonam] to star in..." Sonam Kapoor herself has publicly mentioned her desire to star in an Emma adaptation on at least one occasion. The Kapoors confirmed the film - titled "Ayesha" after its Emmalike heroine - in February, 2009. The film is shooting as of September, 2009. Have you seen Bride and Prejudice? Pretty cute!

Don't even get me started on my love for Pride and Prejudice!!!! Another post!!!


  1. A Bollywood Emma?! I'd love to see that!

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  2. I do love all the classics!! I have read many of them time and again.....I just can't seem to get to the movies too......gotta try harder!!!

  3. Hi
    I am so glad that you stopped by.
    I love this post. Emma sounds wonderful - definitely going to check and make sure that I watch it.
    I love when my girls (20 and 25) are here together. We can spend some long hours around the dinner table too.
    Everyone needs to get back to that and good, clean movies!!!!


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