Jane Eyre [DVD] 
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Continuing the BBCs unrivalled reputation for costume drama, their new adaptation of Jane Eyre proved to be one of the television triumphs of 2006. Based, as youd expect, on the Charlotte Bronte book of the same name, this two-disc set brings together the full series, spread across the best part of four sumptuous hours.
Its a faithful adaptation, with Ruth Wilson giving an exceptional performance in the title role. Mr Rochesters boots, meanwhile, are filled by Toby Stephenson, and both prove to be wise choices. Backed up by an excellent supporting cast, theyre also supported by some quite superb scenery, warm photography and skilful, at times neatly understated the direction, that gives the story space to develop.
Is the best adaptation of Jane Eyre? It certainly builds a compelling case, and while theres the odd slight misstep along the way, its primarily a terrific interpretation of a classic romance. Perhaps the only real disappointment is that the DVD release itself doesnt offer more in the way of added features, but given the presentation and quality of the main attraction, thats unlikely, rightly, to deter those in search of some classic BBC drama. --Jon Foster
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The two main actors are fantastic. Ruth Wilson is striking as the composed and earnest Jane - you really feel her competing against the British class system and lots of misfortune to hold out for true love. And Toby Stephens portrayal of Mr Rochester is tremendous - he really shows that it is a struggle to break away from social expectations regarding his personal relationships, but he never gives in to what society expects. Stephens manages to combine a masculine and aggressive air to his portrayal, but also shows he is very vulnerable and is desperate to be in a wonderful relationship with the right woman.
The BBC series deviates from the novel mainly at the start. The novel has much longer passages relating to Jane's time at Lowood School. This was probably a sensible decision, as a young actress was playing Jane for this time period, and the continuity and relevance may have been lost if it had been longer. And Jane's flight from the Rochester estate is a significant part of the book, but plays out as a brief flashback sequence in the series. Furthermore, the romantic relationship between Jane and Mr Rochester is given more weight in the BBC adaptation - probably a wise decision given the quality of the two leading actors.
Overall, a wonderful BBC adaptation with two outstanding performances from Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. Well done to the BBC!
I blame it all entirely on visting Lyme Park which kicked of the Mr Darcy thing which then led to this. Off to watch Sense and Sensibility next!!
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