BBC 1 Trailers for ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’


The TV adaptation of P.D. James’ “Death Comes to Pemberley” has aired already in Great Britain (over the Christmas holiday, no less). While we await its premier on PBS, here are YouTube links to four BBC 1 trailers for the miniseries. As we reviewed the book at our June 2013 luncheon, it will be interesting to see how James’ sequel to Pride and Prejudice fares as a movie adaptation.

Here are the trailers:








Conclusions from watching the trailers:

  1. Superb production values—no surprise there.
  2. Every miniseries needs a Lydia.

Altogether, there are eight BBC clips for “Death Comes to Pemberley”.  However, all may not be available for viewing here in the U.S.:

On the same topic, several reviews/features from the UK’s  Telegraph:

·         Death Comes to Pemberley: behind the scenes.

·         Death Comes to Pemberly: won round by an older and wiser Lizzie.

·         Death Comes to Pemberely: episode 3, BBC One, review.


UNC-Chapel Hill offers summer Austen program June 27-30

Eve M. Duffy, director of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Program in the Humanities, recently informed us that UNC–Chapel Hill is partnering with the English and Comparative Literature Department at UNC to offer a Jane Austen Summer Program June 27-30. The four-day program celebrates the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. Designed, not only for scholars, but also for high-school teachers, and graduate and undergraduate students, the program is open to anyone with a passion for all things Austen. Tuition is $499 and includes parking on campus, breakfast, break food, a buffet dinner, dance lessons, and a regency ball. Current K -12 teachers are eligible for scholarships that cover approximately half the tuition cost. For more information, including the program agenda, visit

Readings from Pride and Prejudice March 16, 2013, at the Tavern of Fine Arts


On Saturday, March 16, 2013, members and guests of our St. Louis Metropolitan Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America gathered at the Tavern of Fine Arts to read their favorite selections from Pride and Prejudice. The tavern, a café and fine arts venue, provided lunch and offered a special cocktail for the occasion: “The Bennet”—a concoction that many raved over.

We read in the tavern’s performance space (excellent acoustics). Everyone who read could be heard easily, and everyone read so well! It was truly special, with great guest readers and wonderful members and guests in the audience. The afternoon was a resounding success.

Here is a sample of responses to the event:

The entire program was delightful. I enjoyed meeting and listening to all who contributed. The Tavern was totally new to me, and I am so pleased with an introduction to it as well.

I felt the people at the Tavern were gracious and helpful, clearly committed to establishing an intimate and informal performing arts venue in the area. It was my first time there, though my friend, who read with me, had read in—and helped organize—the annual Joyce readings held there on Bloomsday, June 16. I look forward to hearing classical music there, especially guitar, and do hope we can find occasion to “do it again next year.”

What a delightful way to spend an afternoon. I enjoyed every one of the talented readers and their selections! Thanks to all of you and special thanks to Rose and Jim for arranging this wonderful program!

I believe it would be marvelous to continue this practice with the coming publication anniversaries of Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey. And because we did not have the opportunity to mark the 2011 publication anniversary of Sense and Sensibility, I believe it would be good to schedule a reading for that book also.

Thanks to all, for a lovely afternoon.

Pride & Prejudice on the Today Show

In honor of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice’s 200th Anniversary, NBC’s Today Show aired a very nice piece on Jane, marriage, and her time to which she lived.


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