Emma (1972 TV serial)

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Jane Austen's novel Emma (1815) was transmitted as a six-part TV serial by BBC Television in 1972. It was directed by John Glenister.

This dramatization brings to life the wit and humour of Jane Austen's arguably finest novel Emma, recreating her most irritatingly endearing female character, of whom she wrote "no one but myself could like."

Emma presides over the small provincial world of Highbury with enthusiasm, but she will find that it is all too easy to confuse good intentions with self-gratification. The often insensitive, well-meaning, incorrigible Emma Woodhouse having engineered the marriage of governess, companion and friend Miss Taylor, now turns her attention towards making a match for Mr Elton, the local vicar, and her new protégée Harriet Smith. Her one voice of reason and restraint is Mr Knightley, who has known her since she was a child and who watches her behaviour with wry amusement and sometimes with real anger.

Cast and crew[edit]

  • Doran GodwinEmma Woodhouse
  • John CarsonGeorge Knightley
  • Donald Eccles – Mr Woodhouse
  • Constance Chapman – Miss Bates
  • Robert East – Frank Churchill
  • Ania Marson – Jane Fairfax
  • Ellen Dryden – Mrs Weston
  • Raymond Adamson – Mr Weston
  • Fiona Walker – Mrs Elton
  • Timothy Peters – Mr Elton
  • Debbie Bowen – Harriet Smith
  • John Alkin – Robert Martin
  • Mary Holder – Mrs Bates
  • Vivienne Moore – Williams
  • Amber Thomas – Patty
  • Hilda Fenemore – Mrs Cole
  • Norman Atkyns – Shop Assistant
  • Belinda Tighe – Isabella Knightley
  • Yves Tighe – John Knightley
  • The Tighe Family – The Knightley Children
  • Mollie Sugden – Mrs Goddard
  • Lala Lloyd – Mrs Ford
  • Marian Tanner – Betty Bickerton
  • Sam Williams – Gypsy Boy
  • Tom McCall, David Butt, Christopher Green – Musicians

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