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on 12 July 2010
One of the best television series I have ever seen. May Jemima Rooper go on to become stupendously famous and win Oscars!

She plays a young lady in present day London who, fed-up with her ungentlemanly boyfriend, is reading Jane Austen's 'Pride & Prejudice (published in 1813) and wishes she could change places with that novel's heroine Elizabeth Bennett. Miraculously, she does.

Gemma Arterton is also very good as Elizabeth Bennnett, although we see much less of her and how she gets on in the Twenty-First Century than of how the young lady from our times gets on actually living in the world she has read about in Jane Austen's novels.

Although I have read Pride & Prejudice I am not usually a great Jane Austen fan. However clever some of her lines and character observations may be, I want a more adventurous story than just the question of who will marry whom. Done this way, with added time travel, we have just that

When I lent my DVD to someone who is fond of Jane Austen, she also loved it. For those who already know the story well, the introduction of a new character with ideas from a different time (I don't think Elizabeth Bennett would have kneed the odious Reverand Collins in the groin!) changes how several of the other characters react to each other and what becomes of them; so even someone who knows the end of 'Pride and Prejudice' by heart will be kept guessing as to how it will all finish up, and amused by the way that with the story shaken up, some of the lines end up being used by a different character in a different context.

Ditto, I now realise, references to another television series Hex - Season 1 [DVD] [2004], which is about a competely different subject but in which Jemima Rooper also stars along with Christina Cole, who plays Caroline Bingley in 'Lost in Austen'. The latter contains a couple of 'in' jokes fro those who have seen both series [Jemima Rooper's character's adult reference to a 'landing strip' in the first episode of both series; and in Hex Christina Cole's 'straight' character refuses Jemima Rooper's lesbian character's advances, while in Lost in Austen it is exactly the other way round.]

Many thanks to everyone who was involved in making this unique series.
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on 10 November 2013
I overlooked this film thinking it was some - I don't know - buddy movie or something of some people who were lost in Austen, Texas getting themselves chased, whatever, by rednecks ... or something.

Can't judge a book by its cover; can't judge a film by its title - I couldn't've been more wrong about this film!

It's a terrific take on the basic premise of 'Back To The Future' where someone from the modern age ends up in the past and starts to affect the future, in this case, Regency period England, as a character in 'Pride And Prejudice' where the classic story starts changing due to her influence and she has to somehow get things back on plot. But, as in BTTF, the more she tries to fix things, the more things go wrong!

It's light and frothy, maybe even a bit of a girlie, period rom-com, but hugely entertaining and good fun. A nice way to while away some time. Not to everyone's taste, perhaps, but I enjoyed it enormously. I watched it on Netflix but am in the process of buying the DVD for posterity (and in case Netflix change the way it all works ... wouldn't be the first time!).

Anyway, recommended.

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on 24 February 2017
An absolutely fantastic 4 parter. It was on TV some time ago but is a very funny take on the Pride and Prejudice book. I have recommended this to a few colleagues who have loved it too. Worth buying for a mother/grandmother for birthday/Christmas /mothers Day.
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on 5 April 2009
This is surely a mini-series to be recommended. I can't think of anything that could have made it better. It's funny, romantic and surprising, and it has everything a true "Pride and Prejudice" fan could dream of. Haven't we all dreamt of what it would be like to live a day in the life of Elizabeth Bennet? Haven't we all dreamt of being sweapt away by Fitzwilliam Darcy (usually in the shape of Colin Firth of course),look into his deep, dark, passionate eyes - filled with both anger, contempt and love, and know that you are the one person who can turn him on, both intellectually and physically? Well this is your chance. I promise you; you will not be disappointed. When Amanda Price finds a door in her bathroom, which is a secret passage to Elizabeth Bennets house, she discovers a door to a whole new world. A world that is blow her mind completely. She and Elizabeth Bennet accidentally trade worlds, and Amanda now gets to meet the characters from the Jane Austen book "Pride and Predjudice" that she knows so well. A world that she has always considered to be uncomplicated and ideal, but she soon discovers that her presence there has disrupted quite a lot.
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on 15 September 2009
Gosh. This is a bit of a guilty pleasure. I shouldn't like it but I do. You need a bit of a sense of humour about your Jane Austen to watch this one. It takes liberties. But then if you didn't I don't suppose you'd be looking this up.

Some annoying scenes, but made up in some fab one liners... 'I wouldn't have my deficit redressed by you if you were the last man on earth!'. Oh the larks! And Collins is creepy man!

Also, Elliot Cowen as Darcy... in the you know what scene. I want to bite him so much my jaw aches. What a hottie.
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on 9 May 2017
A fresh take on the Jane Austen characters from Pride & Prejudice, with a sort of female wish-fulfilment twist at the end. Avoids the cliches of the masses, by giving the characters wider possibilities.
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on 23 October 2014
An interesting take on the Austen stories. A bit of a deja vue as in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. The ending with 'Darcy' at the bus stop in 20thc London, absolutely fabulous.
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on 23 February 2017
A good romp!
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on 2 April 2017
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on 23 December 2014
My favourite DVD, funny and an interesting slant on Pride and Prej
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