We heard from Tim Bullamore, the publisher of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, who sent us an advance image of the next issue’s cover (click on the thumbnail for a larger version) and told us that the first few official photos from the upcoming BBC adaptation of Emma will be in the next issue, which will be mailed to subscribers next week. The BBC has given these images exclusively to JARW. The next issue will have even more photos and also an interview with the producer. Tim said the broadcast dates (in the UK) are not yet firm and could be anywhere from October to December! Click on the link above for subscription information.
The Telegraph has an autumn TV preview that states the broadcast will be in October. So we will see! But the October through December timeframe at least seems definite.
[/caption] Alert Janeite Ari sent in a link to the BBC Shop to preorder the DVD for Emma 2009, which will be released on November 30. It doesn’t say, but we’re assuming this is the Region 2 DVD. No doubt the Region 1 DVD will follow the Masterpiece Classic broadcast of the film in early 2010.
Also, BBC Books has announced a tie-in edition of the novel to be published on September 17, 2009. (Click on the thumbnail of the book cover to see a larger version.)
Emma remains one of Jane Austen’s most enduringly popular novels, with its feisty heroine whose determination to find love for those around her almost thwarts her own chance of finding happiness!
The much-loved Austen novel has been given a fresh look in this series adapted by award-winning writer Sandy Welch, who also provides the introduction for the new book. With well-known actors, Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller taking the title roles of Emma and Mr Knightley, this promises to be a very special and enduring adaptation.
No idea if it will be available outside the UK; we’ll try to find out.
And for those who missed it (in the Editrix’s book group 😉 ), here is the introductory clip from the series:
And here is the BBC press release about the cast. Just getting everyone caught up. 😉
Yes, we are slipshod and late at updating. Thanks to the many, many Alert Janeites, apparently concerned that we were wallowing in ignorance rather than sloth, who wrote with much urgency to tell us about it: Sylvia M., Cinthia, Maria L., Marian, and Karenlee.
The BBC has posted clips of some of its upcoming stuff, including Emma. Flip through the “carousel” until you get to Emma. Or, just watch it on YouTube:
For those who need a link to YouTube for their mobile devices, like the Editrix’s gorgeous new Palm Pre, we are happy to oblige.
We have to say we’re no longer one bit excited about this miniseries. Sigh.
Though we suppose it will be Emma 2010 in the U.S. We pretty much knew this would happen, but now it’s definite: PBS will broadcast the BBC’s new adaptation of Emma on Masterpiece in early 2010. Thanks to Alert Janeites Maria L., Kerry, and Lisa for the link.
We’re also pleased to see that there will be a return to Cranford and also Sharpe movies. *does happy fangirl dance*
For those who missed it in the open thread comments, Alert Janeite Maria L. linked some more photos at RoP, this time of Jonny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley. We understand that these are Special Photos And Not To Be Touched, Mocked, Spindled, or Mutilated, but boy is that third one crying out for a LOLAusten.
Alert Janeite Michelle W sent us a link to a post on the Republic of Pemberley with lots of photos of the filming of the upcoming BBC Emma adaptation in Chilham. Not only are the ladies wearing hats, they are quite fabulous hats! We are delighted by this glimpse of the upcoming series.
In other news, a gossip blog reported that Alicia Silverstone is planning a sequel to Clueless, about a high school reunion. We would be extremely suspicious about this project except that Amy Heckerling is reported to be collaborating with Alicia and also set to direct. And Cher better be married to Josh, or they better get back together (this one could be an updated adaptation of Persuasion instead of Emma).
Alert Janeites Maria L., Franka, and Sylvia M. all left comments (which got caught in the spam filter) or sent an e-mail to let us know that a few more cast members for Emma 2009 are listed on C19: Blake Ritson as Mr. Elton, Christina Cole as Mrs. Elton, and Rupert Evans as Frank Churchill. Please note this report has not been confirmed by the BBC, but we suspect it is pretty solid.
(And as Sylvia said, “…we only should get Nicholas Farrell to be cast as Mr. Cole and we will have all three Edmund Bertrams in the same film! ;)” Hee.)
ETA: Further unconfirmed reports indicate that Laura Pyper will play Jane Fairfax and Louise Dylan will play Harriet Smith.