Welcome to Highbury


“Highbury, the large and populous village, almost amounting to a town, to which Hartfield, in spite of its separate lawn, and shrubberies, and name, did really belong…”

Your Canterbury News reports that the village of Chilham in Kent will stand in for Highbury in the upcoming BBC serialization of Emma. Preparations are going on right now for filming to begin next week.

The four day shoot starts in Chilham next week when a BBC film crew will transform several streets, the churchyard and the central square into a 19th century village.

A fountain will be constructed in the centre of the square, while roads including Taylor Hill, Church Hill and The Street will be laid with a gravel covering to hide the street markings, with all vehicles removed from the affected area.

The parish website has some photos, and there’s another photo and a bit of info at Wikipedia.

Thanks to Alert Janeites Lisa and Laurel Ann for the link!

More Emma 2009 casting news


Alert Janeites Anna and Maisy reported in comments, and Alert Janeites Laurel Ann and Lisa via e-mail, that the BBC has announced some more cast members for Emma 2009.

Jodhi May (Einstein And Eddington, Friends And Crocodiles) plays Miss Taylor, Emma’s former governess who marries the good-humoured Mr Weston played by Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, White Teeth, My Dad’s The Prime Minister).

Tamsin Greig (The Diary Of Anne Frank, Green Wing) plays the incessantly chatty, well-meaning Miss Bates whose poverty draws the pity and goodwill of all of Highbury.

The Hornblower fans who read (and write on) this blog will no doubt be delighted to see more of poor Mr. Eccleston, who came to such a bad end. “The ship…is yours…Mr. Hornblower.” *sniff* (he lives on in fanfic, fear not)

In other Emma adaptation news, Alert Janeite Reeba also sent in an article with a tidbit about Ayesha, the modern-set Bollywood adaptation of Emma starring Sonam Kapoor. We now know which gentleman will play whom, and Reeba has kindly provided links so we can check them out: Mr Knightley will be played by Abhay Deol; Mr. Elton by Cyrus Sahukar; and Frank Churchill by Arunoday Singh.

Emma 2009 filming at Surrey church "between April and June"


A poster at C19 reported that her vicar said that Emma 2009 will be filmed at her church, The Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Surrey, for one day “sometime between April and June.” (Is it just us, or does the church look a lot like St. Nicholas’ church in Steventon?) Nice to see they’re keeping it local! Surrey, after all, is the garden of England! (Mrs. Elton said so, so it must be true.) Thanks to Alert Janeite Laurel Ann for the heads up!

In Emmaish film news, here’s a little tidbit about Ayesha, with another photo of Sonam Kapoor.

Emma 2009 is official!


Thanks to several Alert Janeites who sent in the link (Franka, Patty, Maria L., and Maisy left a post in comments on the open thread) to the BBC’s press release confirming a new serial adaptation of Emma, to be broadcast on the BBC in autumn 2009, adapted by Sandy Welch, who has adapted the most recent version of Jane Eyre as well as Our Mutual Friend and a favorite at AustenBlog World Headquarters and just about everywhere else it is seen, the marvelous adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South starring Daniela Denby-Ashe and Richard Armitage *coughmrknightleycough*.

The series will be four one-hour episodes. The series will be four one-hour episodes. THE SERIES WILL BE FOUR ONE-HOUR EPISODES!!!!! Thank you, Auntie Beeb! Somebody gets it!!!

fresh, humorous and perceptive

“Humorous” related to a Jane Austen adaptation will be fresh, indeed!

The adaptation will film in the spring and early summer of 2009. Cast to be announced. (subliminal!editrix sez “richard armitage richard armitage richard armitage richard armitage dammit okay that’s not so subliminal but still richard armitage we don’t care if he doesn’t want to do period stuff anymore he owes it to his fangirls talk him into it pay him outrageously you’re the bbc for ferrars’ sake make it happen richard armitage!”)