Last night as I was watching TV, I discovered that WHYY was airing a new version of Jane Austen's Emma. I immediately sent a text off to my sister telling her to tune in if she was still awake. Usually, if it's not a cartoon, BB doesn't really give a hoot about what's on TV but for a few minutes, my darling little girl was transfixed by the world of Jane Austen. I'm not sure if it was the rich colors that burst through the TV (we were watching it in HD after all) or whether she was hypnotized by the gorgeous gowns worn by the lovely ladies on screen. She watched for a few minutes then left to find "little girl" but I have a feeling we have a new Jane fan in the mix!
Though we both have our favorite versions of Jane, we decided to enjoy the newest re-telling and watched the rest of last nights episode (it's broken down into 3 parts I believer) together, texting each other every 5 minutes or so when we noticed something we liked. We did have a controversy about one of the actresses that I was able to research this morning. Please indulge me for a moment while I clear things up:
Laura Pyper, who played Jane Fairfax also played Ella from the BBC show Hex ...
Romola Garai, who played Emma also played in Vanity Fair (played as Amelia Sedley) and Dirty Dancing Havana Nights (we tried to sit through this movie together years ago and had to turn it off :P ) ...
(side note: her father is Dumbledore!)
Oddly enough, both ladies acted with the same actor - Michael Fassbender- at different times in their career. He played the character of Azazeal in Hex (with Laura) and Esme in Angel (with Romola).
Another tidbit, Laura also played with Christina Cole in Hex (she played the main character - Cassie) as well as in this version of Emma (she plays Mrs Elton). What a small world!
Hmm, speaking of Jane though, I just remembered I promised Sara another "Jane" type doll to accompany the one she already has. Looks like I'll be sewing again very soon.
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