My previous post was perhaps more of a positive that’s why I decided on two posts as this is a negative.
In Episode 5 during the introduction scene Georgiana says to Elizabeth; ” I should dearly love to hear you play, my brother has told me he has rarely heard anything that gave him more pleasure ” to which Elizabeth replied “You shall, but I assure you your brother has grossly….” .
Elizabeth states “You shall, but I warn you your brother has grossly..” how does she know that Georgiana will hear her play? At that stage she had not been invited to Pemberley nor had she been asked to perform so why on earth does she say “you shall” . More to the point why didn’t the editors/writers/director and/or producer notice this and fix it before allowing the program to be aired?
That’s gripe 1 now for gripe 2 which occurs in the same episode. Elizabeth settles down to read letters from her sister and in the opening paragraph of the first letter she reads (with Jane’s voice reading them for our benefit) “… I confess I have hardly had time to write, my nephews and nieces have commandeered every moment…….” Nephews and nieces? Surely cousins, the children are her Uncle and Aunt Gardiner’s children and her mother, Mrs Bennet’s, nieces and nephews so how did this slip by the editors and make the program which came to air?
I know I’m being picky but mistakes like these get under my skin and I certainly don’t expect the BBC to make such obvious boo boo’s.
Perhaps it’s time they did a new production and this time do without that ridiculous pond scene. I’d like to see Claire Foy play Elizabeth and Richard Armitage Mr Darcy, I think Claire Foy would be more like the character, physically, that Jane Austen described; Jennifer Ehle was I think brilliant in the part,(except that her voice changed to often) but at 5’7″ much to tall for Elizabeth, the way I read the book and I read it often, is that Elizabeth is quite petite, her dad refers to her as “my little Lizzie” and all indications are she is! I don’t know how tall Miss Foy is but every thing I have seen her in she appears quite petite and I look at her and think ‘Elizabeth Bennet’.
Likewise, when I look at Mr Armitage I see him as Mr Darcy although how he’d go in a period piece I have no idea, I’ve only seen him in programs like ‘Spooks” and some other show where he was a disgraced soldier taking on the Taliban and other baddies, a Pommy, Bruce Willis, type of part sort of thing. But I’d bet he’d make the women forget Colin Firth as Mr D.!
The rest of the cast? I’m at a loss!