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Omnibus - Presumption, The Life of Jane Austen
BBC 1, 23/10/1995, 22.40-23.30
The first comprehensive television biography of Jane Austen, the first indisputable genius of the English novel.
This definitive documentary will satisfy the surge of interest in her life.
It is following the acclaimed BBC adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion.
Productions of Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility and at least two Emma’s were at the time of broadcast still forthcoming.
Fast paced and witty, this film visits some of the locations with which Jane Austen is associated.
The stately home of her brothers, the ballrooms of her friends, and the beach at Sidmouth where she fell in love.
Descendents of her aristocratic family and contemporary writers act as guides through her life.
Various Austen experts and enthusiasts explore the reasons behind her enduring popularity.
They include the biographer Elizabeth Jenkins, writers P.D. James, Paul Bailey and Emma Tennant.
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