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Sense and Sensibility 2008

I think this is my favourite¬†Sense and Sensibility adaptation. I think Hattie Morahan is an excellent Elinor and Edward Ferrars, as played by Dan Stevens, isn’t drippy (you can understand why Elinor loves him). In fact, the male heroes (Brandon and Edward Ferrars) are both more appealing in this version. We get to see more of them and more emotional involvement. Andrew Davies tends to do this with most of his adaptations (think of Darcy diving into the lake).

It starts with Willoughby seducing Eliza – although we don’t know that at first. More astute viewers might recognise him later (and realise that he is a cad).

In this version Colonel Brandon and Marianne have a bit of a connection prior to Willoughby arriving on the scene – he lends her music and turns pages while she plays it.

There is also a scene where Brandon asks Willoughby about his intentions – are they honourable?

This production is beautiful – the costumes, locations etc are just stunning.

First view of Barton Cottage

Elinor, Marianne and Mrs Dashwood

Willoughby rescuing Marianne

Edward Ferrars chopping wood

Lucy and Anne Steele

Elinor and Lucy

Colonel Brandon and Marianne

Elinor and Edward

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