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Sense and Sensibility 

Mrs. Dashwood and her two daughters, Elinor and Marianne, are faced with the prospect of Mrs. Dashwood's stepson and his wife moving into their home at Norland.
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Series cast summary:
Michael Aldridge ...  Sir John Middleton 4 episodes, 1971
Sheila Ballantine Sheila Ballantine ...  Lady Middleton 4 episodes, 1971
Esme Church Esme Church ...  Mary 4 episodes, 1971
Joanna David ...  Elinor Dashwood 4 episodes, 1971
Isabel Dean ...  Mrs. Dashwood 4 episodes, 1971
Robin Ellis ...  Edward Ferrars 4 episodes, 1971
Clive Francis ...  John Willoughby 4 episodes, 1971
Ciaran Madden ...  Marianne Dashwood 4 episodes, 1971
Richard Owens ...  Colonel Brandon 4 episodes, 1971
Patricia Routledge ...  Mrs. Jennings 4 episodes, 1971
Jo Kendall ...  Charlotte Palmer 3 episodes, 1971
Peter Laird Peter Laird ...  Rodgers 3 episodes, 1971
David Strong David Strong ...  Palmer 3 episodes, 1971
David Belcher David Belcher ...  Robert Ferrars 2 episodes, 1971
Frances Cuka ...  Lucy Steele 2 episodes, 1971
Mischa De La Motte Mischa De La Motte ...  Master of Ceremonies / ... 2 episodes, 1971
Kay Gallie Kay Gallie ...  Fanny Dashwood 2 episodes, 1971
Milton Johns ...  John Dashwood 2 episodes, 1971
Maggie Jones Maggie Jones ...  Nancy Steele 2 episodes, 1971
Clifford Parrish Clifford Parrish ...  Doctor Harris 2 episodes, 1971
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Mrs. Dashwood and her two daughters, Elinor and Marianne, are faced with the prospect of Mrs. Dashwood's stepson and his wife moving into their home at Norland.

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UK

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9 January 1971 (UK) See more »

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Hoofd en hart See more »

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(4 episodes)
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Trivia

The floral gown with flounced neckline Ciaran Madden (Marianne Dashwood) wears at Barton Cottage is similar to the gown Ania Marson (Jane Fairfax) wears in Emma (1972). See more »

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Version of Scents and Sensibility (2011) See more »

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Symphony No. 20 in D K. 133 - II. Andante
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Watch with an open mind
12 February 2010 | by marspeachSee all my reviews

If you're not against watching older adaptations with low production values, you will probably highly enjoy this version of Sense and Sensibility. The acting was mostly good- Joanna David was excellent (and quite beautiful) as the sensible Elinor. Patricia Routledge was another standout as Mrs. Jennings. She was absolutely hilarious yet also showed the character's kind nature. Robin Ellis (who you may recognize as Ross Poldark) even had a "sexed-up" scene as Edward.

Some of the acting/casting was less than perfect, however. Ciaran Madden played Marianne as borderline insane- going into hysterics all the time. Her and Colonel Brandon's storyline wasn't given as much screen time as the Elinor/Edward story so it may feel underdeveloped in comparison. Lucy Steele looks close to 40 and is so obviously evil one wonders how she ever could have charmed Edward. Lady Middleton's actress looks older than her supposed mother, Mrs. Jennings! (Maybe they could have given Patricia Routledge a gray wig to make her look older?) Eliza Williams was oddly made into Colonel Brandon's niece...(so why can't he just tell everyone she's his niece?).

A lot of the costumes/hairstyles are quite...70s. And of course, the production values are not up to the standard you may be used to today. But I didn't let this bother me and was able to thoroughly enjoy this version.


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