Sense And Sensibility

VIBE – Monday 3 January, 7.30pm

Ang Lee’s Academy Award-winning adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy. Starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant.

UKTV – Wednesdays from 1 April, 8.30pm

From acclaimed writer Andrew Davies comes this enchanting adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel about love and marriage.

Left penniless after their father’s death, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood face an uncertain future. They need to marry well if they are to retain their comfortable existence.

With a number of possible suitors – the intelligent and charming Mr Edward Ferrars, the handsome Mr John Willoughby and the more thoughtful and compassionate Colonel Brandon – they seem to have their share of options. But is there more to these men than first impressions suggest? What is the history between Willoughby and Brandon? And what secret is Ferrars hiding?

The story follows the sisters’ very different approaches to love and marriage. Romantic and impulsive, Marianne falls in love deeply, but will not heed her sister’s warning that her behaviour will leave her open to gossip and innuendo. Sensitive to social convention, her sister Elinor tries to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. The sisters must learn that sense should mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

Andrew Davies has proven himself to be the master of literary adaptation, from classics, such as Bleak House, to the politics and drug-fuelled sex and hedonism of the 1980s in The Line of Beauty. An excellent script combined with an outstanding cast means that Austen fans will be waiting in anticipation for this adaptation.

Stars: David Morrissey (Blackpool, The Deal, State of Play), Janet McTeer (Five Days, As You Like It, Romeo and Me, Songcatcher), Hattie Morahan (Bodies, New Tricks, Peacock Spring), Charity Wakefield (Doctors, Jane Eyre, State of Play), Dan Stevens (Dracula, The Line of Beauty, Frankenstein) and Dominic Cooper (The History Boys, Starter for Ten).