S&S0--I saw it!
Posted by Barbara on September 17, 1998 at 00:28:41:
Talk about coincidences! My beloved S&S2 was on one of our regular TV channels tonight, so naturally I felt obliged to watch (nevermind that I have the video and have seen it countless times!) As I was changing channels to get to it, I spotted a costume drama on another channel. The dialogue sounded familiar, and within a minute I realized it was this older version of S&S we were discussing below!!
Joanna David (who is Mrs. Gardiner in P&P2) was Elinor, and the cast is the same as listed in the thread below.
Naturally I popped a tape in, but unfortuately, I caught it a few minutes into the second episode. They were just at the part where Willoughby has left and Mrs. J. is trying to get them to come to London. It goes up to Willoughby rejecting Marianne at the ball in Town. It is being shown on Access network and the next episode is on next Wednesday.
The hair, costumes etc. did not look as good as the version we all love, but were not as bad as some of the other 1970s productions. Joanna David is good as Elinor, but to me she looked too pretty, for I found her much prettier than the girl playing Marianne. Much more dialogue and ALL the characters are in this one: Lady Middleton, Nancy Steele, etc. Lucy Steele is horrible! She is so conniving and phony that it is unimaginable that ANY man could have proposed to this creature! At least in S&S 2 you could see how that Lucy could have lured men to her.
The men? WAY too much facial hair!! Willoughby is fair in this production, as he is in S&S1--sorry, but for me, he's gotta be dark! (Okay, more particularly, he's gotta be Greg Wise) The Colonel is appropriately stuffy, but not even a teeny tiny bit attractive. I know that AR is not conventionally handsome, but there's just that something about him that....(oops! off on my usual tangent) Edward did not appear in this episode.
A funny coincidence is that at some times the real S&S2 on the other channel was showing almost the same scene at the same moment as the older version. I was in remote control heaven flipping between one and the other to "compare"!
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