“Persuasion” redone: Why did they bother?

After watching Amazing Race on Sunday night, I caught the 2008 PBS version of ‘Persuasion’, part of their much vaunted ” Masterpiece Theatre – Complete Jane Austen” series. It was pretty butchered, abbreviated and twisted. I don’t know why they didn’t simply just show the excellent 1995 BBC version with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds instead of going to the trouble of a redo. (After all, they’re planning to show the A&E version of P&P with Colin Firth?)

Trivia: In both versions of ‘Persuasion’, it seems like they shot the Anne & Lady Russell chatting scene, and the concert scene in the same Bath locations, the Pump Room and Assembly Room respectively.

I’m quite thrilled with the three teams left on AR competing for the grand prize. Well, I would have swopped out the Goths for TK and Rachel, but at least Jen and Nate got eliminated. She was getting on my nerves.


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