Saturday, 29 December 2007

Sense & Sensibility 2008 on Location

HARTLAND folk will recognise the scenery when the adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibilitity hits the nation's TV screens on New Year's Day.

The BBC spent three weeks on the Hartland Abbey Estate filming at a 15th century cottage.

It was used as the setting for Barton Cottage to which Mrs Dashwood moved with her three daughters on the death of her husband.

The film, which will be shown in three parts on BBC 1, features stunning scenery around the coastal footpath between Hartland Quay and Hartland Point.

Not everyone will recognise the cottage, however, because the BBC made some clever changes to the exterior.

Visitors to Hartland Abbey last May were treated to some memorable sights, despite awful weather. The film unit base filled the whole car park and visitors were constantly bumping into actors and actresses in period costume wandering round the house and gardens or buying ice creams.

Ref: TV Film Shot in Hartland
Pic: Hattie Morahan, Lucy Boynton and Janet McTeer in Sense & Sensibility from: North Devon Gazette


Mimi said...

cool. I visit this site every other day. Keep it up! January can't come soon enough. It will help me endure the Minnesota darkness.

Have you guys read the Pamela Aiden Darcy trilogy?

Icha said...

Hi Meems, thanks for the regular visit! Re: Pamela Aiden Darcy, no I have not read it. But my other Team Jane might have... particularly Michelle and Rachel, so who knows?

What are the books all about?

Mimi said...

There are 3 books all about Pride&Prejudice but in Darcy's view. Book 1 "An assembly such as this" you get to know his servants, his friendship to Bingley etc. Chapters on chapters about his fascination with Lizzy and trying to ignore it. The book ends the party leaving Netherfield. Book 2 has nothing really to do with P&P (skip it). Book 3 "These Three remain" picks up at Rosings park. It is the best Austen fan fiction I have read so far. Even though her writing is not 100% pure Austen she portrays Darcy just as I had imagined after reading the originals so many times. I loved book3!

Now, did you see the new James McAvoy movie yet? "Atonement" with most of the P&P 20005 movie crew, director and composer and all?

Mimi said...

I changed my blog name. Meems is Mirjam ;) I am originally from Germany where the obsession is just as real as anywhere else. ha h a

Icha said...

Not yet seen Atonement due to my field work :-( but Rachel said it was superb! I hope I can see it soon, but no doubt, no doubt (think Alan Rickman's Col Brandon)... it will be in DVD instead :-(

Anonymous said...

Talking about Atonement, did you hear that Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley), Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy) and one of the ‘fathers’ of P&P (Joe Wright ) have been nominated for the Golden Globe? : -))) I’ve seen the movie and “I love, I love, I love” it!

--- Just released last weekend, "Atonement" earned nominations for lead players Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, 13-year-old supporting actress Saoirse Ronan and director Joe Wright, along with screenwriting (Christopher Hampton) and musical score (Dario Marianelli).

With so many nominations on "Atonement," the Globes ceremony Jan. 13 will be a true celebration for the cast and crew, said Knightley, a past Globe and Oscar nominee for Wright's 2005 film "Pride & Prejudice."

Mimi said...

and the music in Atonement again is amazing. Dario Marionelli is going to be the new/young John Williams in the movie business.

Anonymous said...

Reading the following review for Atonement, I couldn’t stop thinking of Jane’s life and her novels (especially Persuasion) and also, the way we are now ‘questioning’ everything that she wrote in her books.
“Is that the seed of all literary fiction? An attempted re-alignment of some secret wrongness in the author's life? Does it mean anything simply to recognise the terrible mass of wrongdoing, and to imagine what could have been done to put it right, at least partly?"

Anonymous said...

As a continuation of my previous comment, I have to tell you dear friends about this strange coincidence. The past few days I was trying to ‘escape’ my Jane Austen obsession so I stop reading Claire Tomalin’s book (Jane Austen: A Life) and went to a library to buy the ‘Atonement’ (Vintage Canada edition, 2002).

Sure enough when I opened the book, on the first page after dedications, I was astonished and very much amused to find nothing else than a citation from Jane’s book, Northanger Abbey:

“Dear Miss Morland, consider the dreadful nature of the suspicions you have entertained. What have you been judging from? Remember the country and the age in which we live. Remember that we are English, that we are Christians. Consult your own understanding, your own sense of the probable, your own observation of what is passing around you. Does our education prepare us for such atrocities? Do our laws connive at them? Could they be perpetrated without being known, in a country like this, where social and literary intercourse is on such a footing; where every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies, and where roads and newspapers lay every thing open? Dearest Miss Morland, what ideas have you been admitting?
They had reached the end of the gallery; and with tears of shame she ran off to her own room.”


Mimi said...

I know, I had to laugh at that when I started the book. I had just watched the YouTube version of Northanger Abbey (I know, I was naughty and could not wait until PBS comes out with it).
It was a good quote. Good to know that intelligent men read Austen.

Icha said...

Bummer! I wrote two paragraphs of comment, and it didn't show up! Anyway, dear friends, pls forgive Team Jane for the lack of responses here, we're not abandoning the fandom (God, no!). We're just been extra busy after the festive season.

Mariana, thanks a lot for the NA quotes in Atonement book! It's a good reason for me to read Atonement, for I have yet read it due to time constraint and fear of crying.

Good to know that intelligent men read Austen.

But of course! :-D

mamma jakeline said...

Oh! Happy me! Swedish TV is airing Persuasion (yesterday, which I missed, but my darling's father will record it for me today) and Northanger Abbey airs on Thursday! When reading closely it actually says that they are new adaptations!

here's the link to Svt

I am deleriously happy! :D
/ love from Maria in Sweden

Mimi said...

Ich, read Atonement. I cried for 3 days after. It's good for cleaning out your tear ducts. ;)

Michelle said...

Gosh! I have missed so much during my hiatus! I LOVE Atonement - it is one of my favourite books (I could babble on and on and on about it, but I'll spare you at the moment - Icha - READ IT!!) and the movie was lush - a real feast for the senses.

I have the Atonement script on PDF; if anyone wants a copy, email me: poshrose @ ;)

Maria - I'm so happy for you! You've been waiting for the new adaptations for so long! And, you're getting them before the States! I've just uploaded S&S 08 Episode One to the blog, via YouTube. Get in quick if you want to see them early, because YouTube will pull them soon, I imagine.

Must run to catch the bank, am sure I am forgetting lots. Much love to you all, Jane lovers!