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Jane Austen News – Issue 162

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 Jane Austen adaptations filming in the South West

If you’re around the South-West of England over the Easter holidays, there’s a chance that you might happen across the film crews for two major forthcoming Jane Austen adaptations!

In the past couple of weeks, crews for Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Sanditon have been spotted filming in and around the seaside town of Clevedon. Austen penned her final novel in the last months of her life in 1817 and the filming suggests that the producers see Clevedon as the perfect place to pose as the fictitious seaside resort in which the novel is set.

Meanwhile, it’s heavily rumoured that production of the new adaptation of Emma, starring Bill Nighy, is about to start filming in the Cotswolds. A number of famous names have been added to the cast, including Rupert Graves, Callum Turner and Gemma Whelan, who stars as Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones.

If you spot any of these film crews, we’d love to see your photos!

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Jane Austen News – Issue 161

The Jane Austen News from New York

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 Pemberley in New York

If you loved the scenes of Pemberley in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and wished that you could visit the location where it was filmed,  then you might be able to do the next best thing if you’re able to get to New York between June 28th and September 18th 2019.

David Korins, the set designer for the musical Hamilton is behind the new exhibition which is due to open at Sotheby’s in New York on June 28th. It sees the essence of Chatsworth house and estate (which was the filming location for the series Death Comes to Pemberley in 2013, and the exterior filming location for Pemberley for the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film) translated for the smaller space of the galleries of Sotheby’s.

The exhibition will feature 45 artworks, decorative objects, pieces of jewelry, clothing and archive materials — all drawn from the Devonshire Collection, accumulated over about 500 years by the Cavendish family, and held at Chatsworth House. However, Korins realized that he didn’t just want to make the artwork and objects part of the exhibition; he wanted to include the details of the house itself. In the form of blown-up 360-degree sculptures, Mr. Korins will magnify small details — table legs, moldings, chair feet, corners of rooms — and use them as vitrines and set pieces for the artworks and objects on display.

Chatsworth Exhibition Rendering

The Duke of Devonshire said he’s thrilled by Mr. Korins’s imaginative design for the exhibition. “I think he has a brilliant way of getting across a grand space in a smaller space,” he said. “I think the architecture of this exhibition will focus attention on the works, and we’ll look at them in a different sort of way.”

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Jane Austen News – Issue 160

Jane Austen News

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Plans for Jane Austen in Bronze in Bath 

Jane Austen NewsPlans are in the works to honour Jane Austen, perhaps Bath’s most famous resident, with a life-size monument.

The Jane Austen Centre hopes to erect a bronze statue of the famous author at a location in the city later this year. The statue will be based on the Jane Austen waxwork which was unveiled at the Centre to global media interest in July 2014, and which was created through work undertaken by forensic artist Melissa Dring.

The sculptor of the bronze statue will be world-renowned Mark Richards, whose previous work not only includes the Austen waxwork but also Winston Churchill, Prince Philip and The Queen.

The exact location of the bronze statue is currently under discussion.

Not only will it be good to honour Austen the author, it will also be good to go a little way to redress the fact that less than 3% of all statues in the UK are of historical, non-royal women.

Paul Crossey, Jane Austen Centre Managing Director

What do you think? Is there an ideal location for a Jane Austen statue in Bath that springs to mind?

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Regency Tea Room Menu

Regency Tea Room Menu

Regency Tea Room menuThe Regency Tea Room menu items below are served with one of our great teas or coffees of your choice; all our teas can be topped up free of charge upon request.
All our prices are for one person unless stated.
Tea with Mr. Darcy – £19.50 /£37 (for 2) – A decadent and delicious serving of exquisite cakes, divine finger sandwiches and a delightful warm scone served with Dorset clotted cream and seasonal jam.
Also available with the following options:
£65 (for 2) – For the true high tea experience: A bottle of champagne to go with the delights of the tea with Mr Darcy.
£27 (for 1)/£52 (for 2) – Reach true elegance with a bit of tipple on top of the Mr Darcy elements. Includes a 20cl bottle of Bottega Gold Prosecco each.

Ladies’ Afternoon Tea – £11.50 – Combining our mouth-watering fresh finger sandwiches with a warm scone served with Dorset clotted cream and seasonal jam. (Or, exchange the scone for a slice of cake for an additional supplement of just £1)
Lady Catherine’s Proper Cream Tea – £9 – A traditional serving of warm scones served with delectable Dorset clotted cream and scrumptious seasonal jam.
The Savoury Tea – £9.50 – Fancy something slightly different…How about our savoury tea served with a tantalising cheese scone, roast gammon ham, brie and a flavoursome spicy tomato and caramelised onion chutney.
Savoury Soup – £9.50 – Feed the soul with a sumptuous serving of soup of the day, served alongside a warm cheese scone and Brie.
Mrs Bennet’s Cake of the day – £7.45 – A scrummy treat of a cake served with seasonal fruit and a raspberry coulis.
Mr. Dashwood’s Tea – £6.45 – An aromatic teacake served with delicious butter and our seasonal jam (served until midday)
Crawford’s Crumpets – £6.45 – Tempting crumpets served with local honey and a good helping of butter. (served until midday)
Taste of Bath – £6.45 – Bath Bun served with seasonal jam and butter. A sugary delight. (served until midday)

All our ingredients are sourced locally where possible.

Tea & Coffee: Gillards of Bath     Bakery: Bakers of Bath    Cakes: Didi Cakes, Bath
Jams and Chutneys: Cherry Tree Preserves
If you wish to purchase any of our teas, jams or chutneys, please speak to a staff member:
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies and we will be more than happy to help.
Please note a discretionary 10% service charge will be applied to groups of 6 or more.


The Regency Tea Room Menu is seasonal and will occasionally change.

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Jane Austen News – Issue 159

The Jane Austen News enjoyed this new TED-Ed video

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An Animated Lesson on Jane Austen 

This week we came across a wonderful new video on the TED-Ed website.

TED-Ed are original lessons published on the TED website, only instead of an on-stage talk given by a speaker, the Ted-Ed videos feature the words and ideas of educators, that are then brought to life by professional animators.

This video below is given by Iseult Gillespie, who explores the sly societal satire and unique tongue-in-cheek humor of Jane Austen. At the Jane Austen News we thought the video utter charming.

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Jane Austen News – Issue 158

The Jane Austen News is Red Nose Day

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‘Such Fun’ With Colin Firth 

The popular British comedian Miranda Hart did something many of us can only dream of doing; she got to cuddle up with a copy of Pride and Prejudice, by a roaring fire, alongside Mr Darcy himself – Colin Firth!

The video below in which Miranda gets very cosy with Mr Firth, appeared in a Red Nose Day charity segment, which saw her take on a different challenge every day for the last month.

The idea was spawned from her book Miranda’s Daily Dose of Such Fun!, which offers 365 ideas of small activities that can help brighten up each day, while also helping to spread joy to others.

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Jane Austen News – Issue 157

The Jane Austen News looks at women on bank notes

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The Current Women on Currency 

When Jane Austen was announced as the new face of the £10 note we were thrilled, and now thanks to an article written for International Women’s Day, we’ve been introduced to other remarkable women who’ve been honoured on currencies around the world. These are just a few of them:


Syria’s 500-pound note features Queen Zenobia, a 3rd-Century ruler of the Palmyrene Empire who is most famous for leading a revolt against the mighty colonizers, the Roman Empire.


Opera singer Jenny Lind is currently on the 50 krona note, and Selma Lagerlöf – the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature – is on the 20 Krona note.


Australia has one woman on either the front or back of every banknote currently in circulation. These include: social reformer and writer Dame Mary Gilmore (back of the $10); 19th-century businesswoman Mary Reibey (front of the $20); social worker and the first female member of an Australian parliament Edith Cowan (back of the $50), and famous soprano Dame Nellie Melba (front of the $100 note).


The 50-lira note currently in circulation features turn-of-the-century novelist and women’s rights activist who died in 1936, Fatma Aliye Topuz on its reverse side.


The first of the two women featured on Norwegian notes is Kirsten Flagstad, who can be found on the 100 krone note while the second, Sigrid Undset, is featured on the 500 krone note. Flagstad is known as the greatest Wagnerian soprano of the mid-20th century and Undset was a novelist who received a Nobel prize in literature.


Sophie Taeuber-Arp is on the 50 franc note. She was one of the foremost figures of the rebellious Dada art movement and her multimedia works bridged the gap between fine and applied arts.

What a fantastic collection of women!

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Jane Austen News – Issue 156

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Would Mr Darcy’s Wet Shirt Be As Good Today?

In an article published this week for BBC Culture, Emma Jones explored the new wave of TV shows which are featuring nudity and sex, and whether they mean that modern viewers are becoming “less prudish”.

Jane Austen news 7She looked at some of the most memorable moments from the past few years of TV, and noted that there was a trend. In 2016 the viewers of voted Aidan Turner, playing historical hero Poldark, stripping off and taking a bath, as TV’s most memorable moment that year. Also in 2016, the spy series The Night Manager caused a stir when a graphic sex scene showing Tom Hiddleston’s naked backside. Then in 2018, The Bodyguard series, which included explicit sex scenes and nudity had viewing figures which peaked at 11 million in the UK!

There are more TV programmes released each week than anyone can realistically watch and so naturally you need to get people talking about your show over others.

Natalie Jamieson, popular culture journalist

This got those of us at the Jane Austen News wondering, as the acceptable levels of nudity have seemingly been raised by the industry to include full nudity in a greater number of productions, would the scene from the BBC’s 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice, where Mr Darcy dives into the lake at Pemberley and emerges in a figure-hugging wet shirt, have become such a hit with audiences had it been first broadcast in this day and age?

If more nudity (both for men and women) is what directors are using to get a series noticed, what will that mean for the world of Jane Austen adaptations? Will the upcoming 2020 production of Pride and Prejudice feature Darcy in the buff? And, if it does, what will Austen fans think? Too much? Should Austen always be PG? Or will it be a welcome sight?

Emma Jones’ full article can be found here.

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