MISS AUSTEN REGRETS (PBS)
Fast facts: Had to run against the Super Bowl in most of the country.
Variety review: “Beautifully shot and graced with a splendid performance by Olivia Williams, Jane Austen biopic ‘Miss Austen Regrets’ focuses on a relatively narrow window in the author’s life, serving as something of a companion to ‘Becoming Jane,’ the 2007 feature about a young Austen starring Anne Hathaway. It is also, blessedly, less sappy than the Austen adaptations surrounding it within what ‘Masterpiece Theater’ has christened ‘The Complete Jane Austen.'”
Indeed! From Variety’s pages to the Academy’s shortlist!