BBC plans Jane Austen’’s Emma remake

January 29th, 2009 - 5:05 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 29 (ANI): The BBC is planning to make a major small screen remake of Jane Austen’’s Emma, which will be their major attraction in its autumn drama season.

Also, the corporation has announced that the four-part series will be their last Austen remake for some time, for they now want to move beyond conventional ”bonnet dramas”.

“We don”t just want to do 19th century book adaptations. Emma will be our last Austen for a few years,” The Telegraph quoted Kate Harwood, the BBC’’s controller of series and serials, as saying.

The adaptation of Emma will be a “fresh, humorous and perceptive” take on the classic story, originally published in 1815.

The last time the famous Austen story was serialised by the BBC was in 1972.

While casting for the BBC One drama is under way, filming will begin in late spring.

The BBC has roped in the Bafta-winning screenwriter Sandy Welch, whose television credits include Our Mutual Friend and Jane Eyre to adapt the book.

Harwood said: “In Emma, Austen has created an intriguing heroine, and our four-hour canvas allows us to explore this multi-faceted character in detail. Emma was Austen’’s last novel, written when she was at the height of her craft, and we are delighted that such an esteemed writer as Sandy Welch is bringing her vision to this appealing story.”

Actresses who have previously played Austen’’s “handsome, clever and rich” matchmaking heroine on screen include Kate Beckinsale and Gwyneth Paltrow. (ANI)

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