Monday, September 25, 2006

Monday, September 25, 2006 6:28 pm by M.   6 comments
The Digital Spy gives the ratings of last night's Jane Eyre in the BBCOne. It seems that our Jane was not the winner, but we all know that Jane is a long-time runner :P.

Midsomer Murders, ITV's murder serial starring John Nettles, attracted 6.7million and a 31.9% audience share over its two hour slot last night, beating the BBC's latest costume drama Jane Eyre. (...)

Jane Eyre, which stars Ruth Wilson in the title role and Toby Stephens as Edward Rochester, only managed 5.9 million viewers and an 24.5% audience share between 9pm and 10pm, raising slightly to 6.1million at 9.30pm, according to overnight figures.

The Australian reviews the performances of Natalie Weir's dance piece on Wuthering Heights included in ...With Attitude, that we presented recently.

The second half of the program is devoted to a new work by Weir. Using Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights as her inspiration, Weir delves enthusiastically into the emotional and psychological aspects of the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff, her true love and Edgar, her husband. Instead of allocating these roles to three soloists, Weir cleverly spreads the exploration across three representations of Catherine and of Heathcliff, depicting various stages of their attraction to each other.

The device is signalled clearly in the set and costumes by Noelene Hill.

The dancing from both corps and soloists is dramatic, full of risk and layered with a rich, emotionally driven dance vocabulary. This is Weir at her best.

Particularly powerful are Zachary Chant as Heathcliff, Clare Morehen as Edgar's wife and Adam Blanch as Edgar: they transform their dance into a heart-rending dialogue between pain, jealousy and despair. Claire Phipps as a young Catherine is rapturously passionate in her dancing - a quality not seen from her before - while Rachael Walsh is serene and tender as the ghost of Catherine.

The audience was mesmerised, a measure of how how well Weir realised this powerful work. (Shaaron Boughen)
An finally, icHuddersfield publishes a profile of Juliet Barker (that today is also present in the second part of BBC4's Reader, I Married Him):

Juliet, who now lives in Hebden Bridge, is a former curator and librarian of the Brontë Parsonage Museum - which she acknowledges was a dream job for a historian. She worked there for six years and in that time came to realise that although so many other people had written about the literary family there was still a wealth of unused source material. Her subsequent commisssioned book, The Brontës, is now considered one of the finest works on the subject. "I knew that I had all this new material and it was going to change the way people thought about the Brontës," she said. (..)

Tomorrow read Juliet's verdict on last night's opening episode of BBC 1's new production of Jane Eyre.
We will read it, indeed.

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  1. I know everyone has different tastes but, Midsummer murders rather than Jane Eyre...are they mad?! Still, 5.9 million, thats alot of people!

  2. But it ws the finale of the Midsommer Murders, right? That would explain things :P Still we must agree - how come the whole nation wasn't glued to their TV sets? :P

  3. I doubt that things will improve much next Sunday. The adaptation is rather bland, thus far. As I said in my review, I wish Jane had been permitted a voice as narrator of her own story.

  4. Hello Harry,

    We haven't seen this adaptation yet here at BrontëBlog so we won't comment on it. However, I can confidently say that over here we are not too fond of voiceovers.

    Thanks for your review, though :)

  5. I do not think a narrator was necessary, i feel Ruth Wilson shows alot of her feelings and thoughts through just some of her expressions, and perhaps the small amount of speech she has had so far.

  6. That's what we thought from what little we have seen, Rosie :)