Thanks to an alert Janeite and Laurie Viera Rigler’s facebook site, we have the following delightful doodles from the king of costume drama, Andrew Davies:
Well, now we know what Mr. Darcy was really thinking (or at least in the mind of Andrew Davies!)…yikes!
You can go to the National Doodle Day site for more information and other celebrity doodles.
Tonight is the start of the BBC production of Dickens’ Little Dorrit [BBC 1, 8pm]. Andrew Davies, in yet another lavish costume drama of a classic, brings to the small screen Dickens’ tale of financial ruin, love, and mystery all rolled into one … one hopes that by bringing this long-forgotten masterpiece back to life, Davies will do what he has done for Austen and Gaskell among others, and inspire viewers to return to the books!
I have seen the Derek Jacobi 1988 BBC version several times, so looking forward to this new rendition with Matthew MacFadyen as Arthur Clennam and Claire Foy as Little Dorrit, along with quite the star-studded cast… see this short review from Digial Spy:
Often shows boast of having an “all-star cast” but in the case of Little Dorrit they really mean it. The roster includes (deep breath): Matthew Macfadyen, Freema Agyeman, Ruth Jones, Pam Ferris, Eve Myles, Andy Serkis, Amanda Redman, Russell Tovey, Bill Paterson, Maxine Peake, Annette Crosbie, Alun Armstrong and Mackenzie Crook, to name but a few. Surprisingly Judi Dench isn’t on the list.
So, the key question: is it any good? Well, it’s a veeery slow starter – with fourteen episodes in the series, we should probably expect a bit of padding here and there – but once it gets going it’s reasonably intriguing. Personally I’m just pleased to see Mr Macfadyen back on the box in a regular role.
[from Digital Spy.co.uk]
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