, 30 Sep 2008
this dvd is superb. Lost in Austen is a four-part tv series loosely based on the master piece 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen.
The cast is an all star one, which includes: Jemima Rooper as Amanda Price, Alex Kingston as Mrs Bennet, Hugh Bonneville as Mr Bennet, Elliot Cowan as Fitzwilliam Darcy, Morven Christie as Jane Bennet , Tom Riley as Wickham, Perdita Weeks as Lydia Bennet, Gemma Arterton as Elizabeth Bennet, Christina Cole as Caroline Bingley, Florence Hoath as Kitty Bennet, Lindsay Duncan as Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Guy Henry as Mr Collins, Michelle Duncan as Charlotte Lucas, Ruby Bentall as Mary Bennet and Tom Mison as Mr Bingley.
The episodes are as follows:
Episode 1 Amanda Price, a keen Jane Austen fan from present-day Hammersmith, discovers the Pride and Prejudice character Elizabeth Bennet in her bathroom. Amanda curiously steps through a secret doorway hidden in the wall that Elizabeth had shown her, and finds herself in the house of the Bennets called Longbourn, at the beginning of Jane Austen's famous novel.
Amanda is trapped in this world, and Elizabeth is meanwhile in 21st Century London. Mr Bennet is hospitable, and Amanda tries to ensure that the novel progresses as it should.
At a ball she meets Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy, but Mr Bingley starting to fall in love with her instead of Jane. What happens....watch it to find out !!
Episode 2 While caring for Jane at Netherfield Park, Amanda attempts to put a stop to Bingley's advances by telling him that she prefers the company of ladies.
On the way back to Longbourn, they meet Wickham when their carriage breaks down. Back at Longbourn, the Bennets are visited by Mr Collins, the entailed heir of their home. Amanda's initial hostility to Wickham leads to his spreading rumours that, despite her '£27,000 a year' (this is very impressive by Georgian standards), she is actually the daughter of a successful fishmonger.
Amanda's attempts to set up Mr Bingley and Jane, and to have Mr Collins marry her instead. Again mayhem ensues...Does this plan work ? Watch it to find out................
Episode 3 After Mrs Bennet ejects Amanda from Longbourn, Wickham prepares Amanda for society.
In a visit to Pemberley with the Bennets and Mr and Mrs Collins, Amanda's hostility to Darcy diminishes as she begins to feel that, in Elizabeth's absence, she must 'understudy' for her.
She later learns that Darcy's sister Georgiana was in love with Wickham, and in response to his rejection of her advances, Georgiana told Darcy that Wickham 'ravaged her'. Wickham maintains this falsehood to spare Georgiana's honour, which softens Amanda's hostility towards him. Amanda and Darcy fall mutually in love, but after Caroline's meddling Amanda loses Mr Darcy. Why ?.... you will have to watch the episode to find out....
Episode 4 Just as Darcy announces his engagement to Bingley's sister Caroline, Mrs Bennet receives a note of Lydia's elopement with Mr Bingley.
They find Lydia and Mr Bingley hiding at a local inn in Hammersmith, but although nothing happened between the elopers, an enraged Mr Bennet attacks Bingley, whose self-defence causes Mr Bennet's head to crack open.
Amanda fears for Mr Bennet's life and bursts out of a door, finding herself in modern-day London. Amanda's old boyfriend drives her to Elizabeth's new working place as a nanny, and on the way, Amanda spots Darcy in the crowd, claiming he followed her for love.
Will Elizabeth go back to her old life in the novel, and Amanda back in to her present day world ? or will they swap worlds ? Watch this superb series to find out...........
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