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a most enjoyable (slightly mischievous) adaptation,
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This is one of three Austen novels adapted for the small screen and shown on ITV earlier this year, and it is by far the best adaptation - very enjoyable indeed, in a slightly mischievous but engaging way. The other two, 'Mansfield Park' (particularly) and 'Persuasion' just did not work, though each had some merits. These are in their way deeply though not exclusively serious novels and 'Northanger Abbey' is a rather different kind of book, but I think the main reason for the superiority of this adaptation is the choice of Andrew Davies, who devised the screenplay. He takes some liberties - another reviewer points out that 'The Monk' is used here, and indeed a very explicit extract from it - but I find them entertaining and quite permissible ; Catherine's fantasies are great fun and largely convincing. Catherine is very well played by Felicity Jones, a very pretty actress who conveys Catherine's naivete (and, it has to be said, occasional dimness) excellently, and JJ Feild is also excellent as Henry Tilney ; indeed, it's a strong cast right through. The settings are beautiful. There is nothing like the depth to be found in the BBC 'Persuasion' of some years back, in my view the best of all Austen TV adaptations, but there I think the differences between the two books make up the main reason ; this adaptation is, in its way, in the same class or close to it, and it certainly gives great pleasure.