Airing February 21, 2010 on PBS   check local listings

Unhappily unmarried at age 27, and dealing with family financial peril, hope is fading from Anne Elliot's (Sally Hawkins, Little Britain) life. Circumstances bring Captain Frederick Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones, Casanova), a dashing naval officer she once deeply loved, back into her life eight years after Anne was persuaded by her family to reject his marriage proposal. Having returned from sea with a new fortune, Wentworth is surrounded by swooning women while Anne broods at the periphery, longing to be in Wentworth's favor. Now Anne comes face-to-face with the deep regret of her old decision, and her abiding love for Wentworth, as she wonders if a long ago love can be rekindled.

Sally Hawkins
The Persuasion star on her admiration for Austen, and walking in the footsteps of Anne Elliot.

The Men of Austen
Would you sail away with Captain Wentworth? Meet Austen's heroic, aloof, and dashing leading men, and pick your favorite.

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