It may not be a new Jane Austen adaptation, which is of course what we’d ideally like to see being filmed in the city this year, but exciting news nevertheless as Bath becomes a film set once more.
A new feature film romantic comedy is being filmed here over the coming months. It’s called “One Night in Bath” and will star John Cleese (possibly best-known for his role as Basil Fawlty) and his daughter Camilla Cleese. This will be the first film which the pair have acted in together.
The film is a typical boy-meets girl situation. The boy brings the girl to Bath. He wants to show her around and do all the wonderful things there is to do in Bath but it all goes horribly wrong.
Also appearing in the film will be comedians Henning Wehn and Russel Kane, though on the whole it will be a very Bath-centric production. The composer for the film is from Bath, the producer Jonathon Willis is from Bath, John Cleese became a resident of Bath not too long ago, and the film team hope to cast some people in Bath as extras in the film.
Filming begins this June with the release date set loosely as some time before Christmas.
Audible Studios full-cast narration of Northanger Abbey (adapted for the cast reading by Anna Lea) was at number 6 on the top 10 fiction list of Audible’s best-sellers at the end of January, despite having been released back in July in 2017. Mind you, as it’s an Austen, and with such a stellar cast narrating (including Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irvine and Lily Cole) we can easily see why it’s such a bit hit.
In case you wondered, the five which topped the charts ahead of Northanger Abbey were:
1. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, narrated by Anne Marie Lee
2. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, narrated by Rob Inglis
3. The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton, narrated by Michael Kitchen
4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton
5. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, narrated by James Franco
But our favourite will always be an Austen!
Our favourite festival has to be the Jane Austen Festival (a 10 day Austen extravaganza which takes place in September every year), but we’ve just heard of a new festival that we’re also quite keen to take part in. If you’re an Austen fan, and can’t get to Bath until the end of the year, not to worry, you’ll have the city’s first dedicated Prosecco festival to take part in (after you’ve visited the Jane Austen Centre, naturally!).
On November the 9th and 10th the Prosecco Festival will be coming to Bath. There will be over 40 different varieties of Prosecco and fizz to sample. Perfect if you love Jane Austen and you love wine.
By the bye, as I must leave off being young, I find many Douceurs in being a sort of chaperon [at dances], for I am put on the Sofa near the Fire & can drink as much wine as I like.
Letter from November 6th, 1813 – Jane writing to Cassandra
(We think Jane would approve…)
More information can be found here.
Now for another best-of list, but this time it’s the most iconic pieces of TV clothing rather than the best audiobooks.
As ITV’s detective Marcella Backland is due back on TV soon (she wears a large green parka which has apparently become almost synonymous with her character), the Eastern Daily Press decided to make a list of some of the other instantly recognisable items of clothing from TV’s yesteryears. Naturally, Mr Darcy (with the help of a lake and a wet shirt) came out top.
Nine of the best pieces of TV clothing of all time:
1) Mr Darcy’s shirt (Pride and Prejudice)
2) Tom Baker’s scarf (Doctor Who)
3) Columbo’s coat (Columbo)
4) DI Stella Gibson’s silk blouse (The Fall)
5) Sarah Lund’s jumper (The Killing)
6) Pauline Fowler’s cardigan (EastEnders)
7) Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston’s skirts (Eurovision 1981)
8) Frank Spencer’s beret (Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em)
9) Walter White’s Heisenberg hat (Breaking Bad)
A pretty good list, we thought. Any famous items from TV that you’d add to the newspaper’s list?
Last week we had Emma, and before that it was Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. This week our crossword theme is Persuasion.
As ever, the first link is the PDF of the grid with the clues, the second link is the answers.
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