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I have set my self the task of watching the adaptations in the order Austen wrote the novels :- Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. I have several versions of each so this should keep me busy for sometime.

First up this version of Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey BBC 1987

Northanger Abbey BBC 1987

This one has Katharine Schlesinger as Catherine Morland and Peter Firth as Henry Tilney. This film is an interesting mix – period costumes and settings, but modern music.

It is quite faithful to the story – except for this character

New Character

New Character

who is General Tilney’s ‘friend’ – she apparently gives him all of the gossip.

Catherine Morland - looking very fetching

Catherine Morland – looking very fetching

Henry Tilney

Henry Tilney

Isabella Thorpe (on the left)

Isabella Thorpe (on the left)

John Thorpe

John Thorpe – suitably repulsive

Miss Tilney

Miss Tilney

Colonel Tilney

General Tilney

Although this adaptation is a bit dated (and a bit strange at times), it is still worth watching.

More reviews …

Jane Austen Centre

The Three Northanger Abbey films

 

One Response to “Northanger Abbey – BBC 1987”

  1. […] Festival with the latest (2007) version of Northanger Abbey – I do prefer this one to the 1987 version. First, it has high production values – beautiful to look at, secondly Andrew Davies is the […]

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