Mansfield Park (1983 TV serial)

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Mansfield Park
Alt=Series titles and a drawing of Mansfield Park
Genre Drama
Based on Novel by Jane Austen
Written by Kenneth Taylor
Directed by David Giles
Starring
Composer(s) Derek Bourgeois
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Production
Producer(s) Betty Willingale
Running time 49-51 minutes
Production company(s) Lionheart Television International
Broadcast
Original channel BBC
Original run 6 November 1983 (1983-11-06)  – 11 December 1983 (1983-12-11)

Mansfield Park is a 1983 British television drama serial, made by the BBC, and adapted from Jane Austen's novel of the same name, originally published in 1814. The serial was the first screen adaptation of the novel. Contrary to Patricia Rozema's later movie adaption, it is faithful to Jane Austen's novel. Jonny Lee Miller, who has a small role as Charles Price in this serial, played Edmund Bertram in the aforementioned film version of the novel.

Set in 19th century England, Jane Austen's tale of virtue and vice tells of young and impoverished Fanny Price who arrives at the elegant country estate of her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram. Snubbed by everyone except her cousin Edmund, Fanny begins her long struggle for acceptance by her shallow relatives, who believe wealth automatically means quality. When Fanny finally wins the respect of her snobbish relatives, she incurs the displeasure of her uncle by rejecting the handsome philanderer Henry Crawford because she sees through Crawford's veneer and is unwilling to marry such an unprincipled man.

Cast[edit]

  • Katie Durham-Matthews – Young Fanny
  • Sylvestra Le TouzelFanny Price
  • Christopher Villiers – Tom Bertram
  • Giles Ashton – Young Tom
  • Nicholas FarrellEdmund Bertram
  • Alex Lowe – Young Edmund
  • Samantha Bond – Maria Bertram
  • Alys Wallbank – Young Maria
  • Liz Crowther – Julia Bertram
  • Sharon Beare – Young Julia
  • Bernard Hepton – Sir Thomas Bertram
  • Angela Pleasence – Lady Bertram
  • Gillian Martell – Mrs Rushworth
  • Jonathan Stephens – Mr Rushworth
  • Anna Massey – Mrs Norris
  • Peter Finn – Mr Norris
  • Robert Burbage – Henry Crawford
  • Jackie Smith-WoodMary Crawford
  • Gorden Kaye – Dr Grant
  • Susan Edmonstone – Mrs Grant
  • Robin Langford – Mr Yates
  • Kenneth Hage – Fiddler
  • Allan Hendrick – William Price
  • Luke Healy – Young William Price
  • Alison Fiske – Mrs Price
  • David Buck – Mr Price
  • Eryl Maynard – Susan Price
  • Claire Simmons – Betsey Price
  • Paul Davies-Prowells – Sam Price
  • James Campbell – Tom Price
  • Jonny Lee Miller – Charles Price
  • Vivienne Moore – Rebecca
  • Neville Phillips – Baddely
  • Norman Mann – Jenkins
  • Paul Doust – Curate
  • "Snuff" – Pug

Crew[edit]

  • Derek Bourgeois – Composed and conducted music
  • Marion McDougall, Anthony Smith – Production Managers
  • Sheelagh Reese – Production Associate
  • Yvonne Collins, Sally Dean – Production Assistants
  • David Mason, Paul Carney – Assistant Floor Managers
  • Peter Netley – Graphic Designer
  • Sally Clements – Properties Buyer
  • Roger Neal – Vision Control Supervisor
  • John Barclay – Vision Mixer
  • Trevor Wimlett, Chris Wickham – Cameramen
  • Geoff Higgs – Engineering Manager
  • Stan Pow – Video-take Editor
  • Daphne Croker – Makeup Designer
  • Ian Adley – Costume Designer
  • Robin Luxford – Sound
  • Bert Robinson – Lighting
  • John Bone – Designer
  • Betty Willingale – Producer
  • David Giles – Director
  • John and Mary Holmes – Trained Pug

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