>>>official site of BBC's Emma
>>>2 interviews with Romola Garai
>>>interview with Romola for Radio Times
>>>interview with Jonny Lee Miller
>>>producer Rebecca Eaton discusses Austen's Emma
>>>photos from the set of the new production
>>>info on DVD of Emma, available Feb 10, 2010
>>>PBS: Extra features including interview with screenwriter Sandy Welch
>>>Romola Garai (Hall of Fame)
>>>Michael Gambon (Hall of Fame)
>>>Emma (1996) with Gwyneth Paltrow
>>>Emma (1996) with Kate Beckinsale
>>> World of Jane Austen
>>>Emma Fanvid - Sweet Disposition
>>>Emma Fanvid - If I Didn't Know
>>>Emma 2009 Music Video
Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller, Michael Gambon, Tamsin Greig, Robert Bathurst and Jodhi May will star in Sandy Welch's four-part adaptation of Austen's comic masterpiece Emma, a BBC Drama Production for BBC One, it was announced today.
Romola Garai (Atonement, Daniel Deronda) stars as the "handsome, clever and rich" Emma Woodhouse.
Michael Gambon (Cranford, Gosford Park) plays Emma's affectionate, neurotic father who unusually allows her to be mistress of their household.
Jonny Lee Miller (Byron, Eli Stone, Trainspotting) plays Mr Knightley, Emma's shrewd and attractive neighbour, whose strength of character is in sharp contrast to her father, providing a welcome counterpart to the headstrong protagonist.
Jodhi May (Einstein And Eddington, Friends And Crocodiles) plays Miss Taylor, Emma's former governess who marries the good-humoured Mr Weston played by Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, White Teeth, My Dad's The Prime Minister).
Tamsin Greig (The Diary Of Anne Frank, Green Wing) plays the incessantly chatty, well-meaning Miss Bates whose poverty draws the pity and goodwill of all of Highbury.
Jane Fairfax, the beautiful and talented but quiet niece of Miss Bates, hides a dark, romantic secret beneath her polished exterior.
Emma will be screened in serial form for the first time since the Seventies.
BAFTA-winning Sandy Welch (Our Mutual Friend, Jane Eyre, North And South) has brought a fresh, witty and perceptive take on a timeless tale. The four hour-long episodes give Welch a chance to provide a rich insight into one of Austen's most complex characters.
It has been created by BBC Drama Production for transmission on BBC One in Autumn 2009.
Filming begins next week in Kent.
First of all, I'm thrilled that Sandy Welch is behind the project since she's brought us great adaptations already. Now that I know Romola has been cast as Emma, I'm anticipating it even more. I can envision her in that role and look forward to her interpretation of Miss Woodhouse. As for Sir Michael Gambon, I fell in love with him as Squire Hamley (Wives and Daughters, etc) so I'm hoping they increase the scenes for Mr Woodhouse.The casting of Jonny Lee Miller seems to be less than welcome but I did enjoy his portrayal of Edmund (Mansfield Park) and think he could pull off George Knightley with enough charm to convince the naysayers. I thought Jodhi May was too young to portray Miss Taylor but am curious to see her nonetheless. (Jodhi and Romola both played love interests of Daniel Deronda, so they seem close in age? I guess Jodhi is 7 years older)
CC the administrator at C19 is reporting that the Eltons are to be played by Blake Ritson (Edmund in Mansfied Park 2007) and Christina Cole (Lost in Austen, Jane Eyre) and Frank Churchill will be played by Rupert Evans (Frederick in North and South). I think Blake will bring something new to the table and look forward to seeing his portrayal of Mr Elton. Unconfirmed as well is that Harriet will be played by Louise Dylan and Jane Fairfax will be played by Laura Pyper.