MASTERPIECE Classic 2010 Season Preview

Masterpiece Classic

 Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose and Jane Austen Today shares her joy and excitement of the new season of Masterpiece Classic. Are you as excited as we are!?!


Oh joy! In less than a month, the Masterpiece Classic season begins on PBS offering another incredible lineup of quality period and contemporary drama's. This is my favorite time of year for television and this season certainly aims to please offering some old classics and new surprises. 

Masterpiece is branching out a bit this year in scope. Not only will we enjoy new adaptations of classic bonnet drama's set in Regency and Victorian times, we will be offered more contemporary fare from the twentieth century. I am intrigued by the diversity of stories chosen and the top notch casting. Which new productions this season am I looking forward to with rapt anticipation? Well, of course as a Jane Austen enthusiast I am excited about the new adaptation Emma, but also a return to the delightful Victorian village of Cranford, and a certain dashing and adventurous British army officer in a red coat, Richard Sharpe. La!

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Cranford. A sleepy 1840s English village comes to life with gossip, parties, romances, sudden death, bankruptcy and the drama of an encroaching railway on this three-part series based on the beloved Victorian-era writings of Elizabeth Gaskell. Shown: Shown: Julia McKenzie (left) as Mrs. Forrester and Imelda Staunton (right) as Miss Pole.


A lavish new adaptation of one of Jane Austen's most popular novels stars Romola Garai (left) as the "handsome, clever and rich" heroine and Jonny Lee Miller as her suitor, Mr. Knightley.


Of course I haven't seen this new version of Emma yet, but I have to say as much as I adore Johnny Lee Miller he is not suitable for the role of Mr. knightley!

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