If you didn’t see Sunday’s broadcast of part one of Jane Austen’s Emma on Masterpiece Classic, you missed, well, a classic. I know, it’s been done before, both on film and for television. It’s also had a veiled American teen re-make in the movie, “Clueless”. What is shaping up to be a great season for the series, Emma follows what has become a very strong early 2010 schedule beginning with Cranford and Return to Cranford, starring Dame Judi Dench.
The newest incarnation of Emma features Romola Garai in the title role. Garai may not be a familiar name to public television audience, but she was also seen in King Lear, which recently aired starring Sir Ian McKellan, and Nicholas Nickleby. The series also stars Michael Gambon as Emma’s father. Gambon, known more recently for his role in the Harry Potter films, is well-known to PBS audiences for Maigret, Cranford and the incredible Singing Detective.
Watch online before next week
If you were watching the Saints marching their way to Miami, the DVR didn’t work or if you just plain forgot, don’t despair. You can watch the first two-hour installment here and be all caught up before the final two installments air on Sunday, January 31 from 8-10pm CT on KERA. FYI, some PBS stations around the country are only airing one-hour this coming Sunday and the final hour opposite the Super Bowl. KERA will be airing both parts this coming Sunday, January 31 from 8-10pm CT. Appointment television at its’ finest.