Super Drama Sunday with Masterpiece Classic on WXXI-TV

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 12:30pm

Pictured: Sally Hawkins as Miss Anne Elliot in Persuasion

Football not your cup of tea? Skip the Super Bowl and tune in for an afternoon of classic Jane Austen romances.

WXXI offers an alternative to watching the Super Bowl on February 6 by inviting viewers to an afternoon of Masterpiece Classic adaptations of three Jane Austen classic novels – Emma, Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility. Super Drama Sunday airs Sunday, February 6 on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), beginning at 12:30 p.m. During the broadcast, viewers will learn about The Annotated Persuasion and The Annotated Sense and Sensibility books by author David M Shapard, and about a special WXXI event with Mr. Shapard planned for this spring.

Super Drama Sunday kicks off with Emma, at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD . Emma Woodhouse (Romola Garai, Atonement) was born with the sun shining down on her. The radiant, privileged girl grows into a remarkable talent for matchmaking, as observed by her loving but disapproving father (Michael Gambon, Cranford) and childhood friend Mr. Knightley (Jonny Lee Miller, Endgame).When the decidedly less privileged Harriet Smith arrives, Emma meddles with fate to find her a match, until her flawless intuition is called into question. Dissuaded from more matrimonial predictions, Emma nonetheless continues to cheerfully contemplate superior men — and meets one of her own in the handsome, gleaming Frank Churchill. But after being so busy managing everyone else's heart, does Emma know her own?

Immediately following Emma, WXXI-TV/HD presents Persuasion at 4:45 p.m. Anne Elliot (Sally Hawkins, Little Britain) is unhappily and unmarried at age 27, and is dealing with family financial peril.. Circumstances bring Captain Frederick Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones, Casanova), a dashing naval officer she once deeply loved, back into her life eight years after Anne was persuaded by her family to reject his marriage proposal. Having returned from sea with a new fortune, Wentworth is surrounded by swooning women while Anne broods at the periphery, longing to be in Wentworth's favor. Now Anne comes face-to-face with the deep regret of her old decision, and her abiding love for Wentworth, as she wonders if a long ago love can be rekindled.

Super Drama Sunday concludes with Sense and Sensibility at 6:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD. In Andrew Davies's bold adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, sisters Elinor (Hattie Morahan, The Golden Compass) and Marianne Dashwood (Charity Wakefield, Jane Eyre) have opposite approaches when it comes to the pursuit of love. One is tempered and rational, the other impulsive and full of youthful passion. The sisters attract a trio of suitors -- handsome Edward Ferrars (Dan Stevens, The Line of Beauty), heroic Colonel Brandon (David Morrissey, State of Play), and effusive John Willoughby (Dominic Cooper, The History Boys). But are the men as genuine as they seem?

Comments

At last! Only WXXI could have

At last! Only WXXI could have thought of this wonderful programming for the enormous number of viewers with little or no interest in watching the Super Bowl! Thanks so much for "making our day"! This needs to become a permanent part of SB Sunday programming.

HYour Valentine Gift to us all

WXXI this is probably the very best idea that you have come up with in your forty years -- if you cannot beat them, join them -- announce to all the world that there is a sizable segment of the population who dotes on Jane Austen in much the same way some of our brethern dote on football.

Publicize this apart from your website. I still cannot get over this and am eagerly awaiting next Sunday -- all this following Downton Abbey is simply too much. Downton Abbey is why we love MT and why we tune in religiously each week.

Again, my heartfelt thanks. I am taking this as your Valentine gift to us all. May it continue.