Saturday, December 24, 2005

Saturday, December 24, 2005 12:30 am by M.   4 comments
Do you remember this? We were unable to trace any kind of information related to this new BBC production of Jane Eyre. Well, now we have at least something to report.

We know that the director is going to be Susanne White. At least, her CV in the PFD agency says so. Susanne White is the director of the recent BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens's "Bleak House".
The writer of the series is Sandy Welch. She was the writer of another recent BBC adaptation of a Victorian novel: Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and South". In this interview with Stephen Poliakoff, writer of single television plays mainly for BBC, we can read:

Poliakoff is now right at the top of his tree in the way that Andrew Davies [Davis is the writer, for instance, of the newest Sense and Sensibility BBC on-going project] is simply the best adaptor. But it is being original that interests Poliakoff, not taking a book and making a screen version of it. Not that he believes this is not a skill in itself. He has to be careful here as his wife Sandy Welch is a regular adaptor for BBC drama. Her next will be Jane Eyre. But what really worries Poliakoff is that he might be a dying breed.

Diederick Santer is the producer. His credits include other BBC productions as Shakespeare's "The taming of the shrew" and "Much ado about nothing" (in contemporary settings).

By the way, if you are interested in next year upcoming editions of Brontë adaptations for TV, you are encouraged to read the last posts in brontëana's place.

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  1. A few weeks ago I attempted to contact the editor of Newsweek for clarification but have met with no success so far. I have a few more avenues to try out.

    All we need now is for someone to start work on Agnes Grey, Villette, the Professor, or Shirley!

  2. Yes - that's what I think! The BBC has cut out on its budget for costume-dramas, yet they keep making the same films time and time again and leaving out others that have never been made and could be really interesting.


  3. I know that they've got as far as casting some of the minor parts. My daughter was deemed too pretty for Helen Burns.

  4. Ironic that someone could be considered too pretty for the part of Helen Burns...?? Wasn't this character once played by Elizabeth Taylor in the famous film version?

    Having seen the 2006 BBC version, as a 19th century academic, I can safely say it is an utterly bland travesty of an interpretation.