Miss Austen Regrets

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Miss Austen Regrets
Miss Austen Regrets 2007.jpg
Written by Gwyneth Hughes[1]
Directed by Jeremy Lovering[1]
Starring Olivia Williams
Imogen Poots
Greta Scacchi
Hugh Bonneville
Theme music composer Jennie Muskett[1]
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Anne Pivcevic[1]
Jamie Laurenson[1]
Susanne Simpson[1]
Steven Ashley[1]
Editor(s) Luke Dunkley[1]
Cinematography David Katznelson[1]
Running time 90 minutes
Original network BBC 1
Original release
  • August 21, 2007 (2007-08-21) (UK)
  • February 3, 2008 (2008-02-03) (US)

Miss Austen Regrets is a 2007 BBC drama film directed by Jeremy Lovering and written by Gwyneth Hughes.[2] It stars Olivia Williams as Jane Austen, with Imogen Poots, Greta Scacchi, Hugh Bonneville, Adrian Edmondson and Jack Huston. It was first aired on 21 August 2007[3] in the U.K. and on 3 February 2008[4] in the U.S. by PBS Masterpiece drama anthology television series as part of "The Complete Jane Austen", the United States version of The Jane Austen Season.


Based on the surviving letters from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra, and her young niece Fanny.[5] In the unknowingly last few years of Jane's life, with her 40th birthday coming up, she is asked by her niece Fanny (Poots) to go over what makes a good potential husband. Jane recalls when she was 27, a rich neighboring landowner, Harris Bigg-Wither (Roukin), proposed to her which she accepted. But after a long night of soul searching, Jane turned him down the next day which caused her and her family to live in genteel poverty, something her mother never let her forget. Jane confirms that was the circumstance that put her off to the idea of marriage. Although she never married, she remembers the one who got away, Reverend Brook Bridges (Bonneville) who couldn't wait any longer for Jane and ended up marrying someone else.[3][5] Jane's aversion to marriage subsequently talks Fanny out of furthering her relationship with John Plumptre (Hiddleston) which then causes him to marry someone else. With Fanny being upset with Jane, Jane decides to tell Fanny of her lost love to get her to better understand that she knows what Fanny's going through.



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Miss Austen Regrets Credits". NY Times. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "BBC - Drama - Miss Austen Regrets". BBC. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Revealing the romance behind Jane Austen". BBC. 21 August 2007. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Boyle, Laura (18 July 2011). "Miss Austen Regrets: An "Imagined" Biography". JaneAusten.co.uk. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Miss Austen Regrets: How Jane lost her own Darcy". The Independent. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 

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