Emma (1972 TV serial)

Jane Austen's novel Emma (1815) was transmitted as a six-part TV serial by BBC Television in 1972. It was directed by John Glenister.

Based onEmma by Jane Austen
Written byJane Austen (novel)
Denis Constanduros (dramatization)
Directed byJohn Glenister
StarringDoran Godwin
John Carson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes6
Producer(s)Martin Lisemore
Running time45 mins per episode (excluding commercials)
Original networkBBC2
Original release20 July 
24 August 1972

This dramatization brings to life the wit and humour of Jane Austen's arguably finest novel Emma, recreating her most irritatingly endearing female character, of whom she wrote "no one but myself could like."

Emma presides over the small provincial world of Highbury with enthusiasm, but she will find that it is all too easy to confuse good intentions with self-gratification. The often insensitive, well-meaning, incorrigible Emma Woodhouse having engineered the marriage of governess, companion and friend Miss Taylor, now turns her attention towards making a match for Mr Elton, the local vicar, and her new protégée Harriet Smith. Her one voice of reason and restraint is Mr Knightley, who has known her since she was a child and who watches her behaviour with wry amusement and sometimes with real anger.

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