Friday, October 20, 2006

Bronte buzz set to continue this weekend on the BBC (NEWS)

The BBC is capitalising this weekend on the fervent interest in the Brontes stoked by its recent adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. The broadcaster is transmitting its tele-film version of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea this Sunday night, the 22nd October, on BBC1, at 9.00pm. Wide Sargasso Sea was first aired on Monday, October 9th, on the BBC's digital channel BBC 4. For my review, click here.

The 1996 BBC adaptation of Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is to be shown on UKTV Drama on Saturday, 21st October, at 8.00pm. This was an interesting production and of course starred Toby Stephens, the latest Mr Rochester, as one of the Brontes's lesser-known heroic lights Gilbert Markham. His co-star was Tara Fitzgerald as Helen Graham/Huntingdon - one of my favourite literary heroines - who played Aunt Reed in Jane Eyre. Notably Pam Ferris, who made for an excellent Grace Poole, plays Mrs Markham in The Tenant.

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