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Jane Austen News – Issue 145

The Jane Austen News expands its to-read list

What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 


A Plethora of Period Dramas

We’re really looking forward to Christmas this year! As well as spending time with family and friends and partaking of delicious food and drink, we have some amazing programmes coming up on the BBC that are on our “must watch” (or tape for later) list!

The BBC has announced that an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders starring John Malkovich and Rupert Grint will be shown. Also coming up will be a new version of Watership Down, featuring the voices of John Boyega, Olivia Colman, Sir Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Peter Capaldi and Mackenzie Crook. However, most exciting for us, is the upcoming six-part non-musical take on Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, with Dominic West as Jean Valjean, and also starring David Oyelowo and Lily Collins.

We also have good news if you don’t live in the US and don’t have access to the BBC though. Amazon Prime has snapped up the rights to show The ABC Murders in the US, and and Watership Down is a co-production with Netflix so that will be available to those outside the UK as well. Meanwhile, Les Miserables is a co-production with the US network Masterpiece. So American fans of period dramas – keep an eye out for that coming to your screens.

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The A-Z of Period Dramas

We came across a wonderful A-Z of period dramas compiled by Period Movies on Facebook, and after we shared it with you on Facebook and Twitter you asked for the full list, so here it is! (We do admit that some of these are stretching the term period drama just a little…) A – Anne of Green Gables B – Bleak House C – Cranford D –  Downton Abbey E – Ever After F – The Forsythe Saga G – Gone With The Wind H – Henry VIII (2003) I – The Inheritance J – Jane Eyre K – The King’s Speech L – Little Dorrit M – Mary Poppins N – North and South O – Our Mutual Friend P – Pride and Prejudice Q – is for queen… (Mrs Brown) R – Road to Avonlea S – Sense and Sensibility T – Titanic U – Under the Greenwood Tree V – Victoria & Albert W – Wives and Daughters X – is for X-traordinarily obsessed with Downton Abbey (X is really hard!!) Y – Young Victoria Z – Dr. Zhivago (more…)
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