Sense and Sensibility

BBC (ended 2008)
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  • From award-winning director Andrew Davies comes the latest adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. The story follows two young sisters, Marianne and Elinor Dashwood, whose lives are thrown into chaos after the death of their father, and they go on a journey of romantic and self discovery. Although their chances of marriage seem slim due to their social status, Elinor becomes attached to the secretive Edward Ferrars, and Marianne attracts older man Colonel Brandon and young and wild Willoughby. Is it true love or lust?moreless

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Episode 7

    Aired 3/15/81

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Episode 6

    Aired 3/8/81

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Episode 5

    Aired 3/1/81

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    Episode 4

    Aired 2/22/81

  • S 1 : Ep 3

    Part 3

    Aired 1/13/08

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Morrissey

    Colonel Brandon

  • Dominic Cooper


  • Dan Stevens

    Edward Ferrars

  • Hattie Morahan

    Elinor Dashwood

  • Charity Wakefield

    Marianne Dashwood

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  • Quotes (24)

    • Marianne: I require so much; I think that I shall never see a man that I can really and truly love. Mrs Dashwood: My dear, you're not yet seventeen, it's a little early to despair of finding happiness.

    • Marianne: (Finding out everyone is talking about her and Colonel Brandon as a match) Is that what everybody thinks? How mortifying! Elinor. Elinor: You like him Marianne. Marianne: Yes, but because he is the only person in the neighbourhood with whom one can have an intelligent conversation. I never thought he meant... Elinor, he's too old! Mrs Dashwood: He is 35, Marianne, 5 years younger than I am and I never thought of myself as being quite decrepit.

    • Meg: But I don't want to go for a walk. Marianne: Yes you do. Meg: This is about Colonel Brandon, isn't it? Don't you like him anymore? Marianne: I simply felt an urgent need for fresh air and exercise.

    • Meg: (After finding out Fanny is moving into their home) What will we do? Will we have to live with the gypsies? Marianne: I would rather live with the gypsies than share a roof with aunt Fanny, she's an insufferable woman. Meg: If she comes to live here, I might even poison her.

    • Edward: These last few weeks have been very happy ones for me. Elinor: For me too. Edward: In fact, I don't think I've ever been happier.

    • Marianne: Willoughby. Willoughby of Allenham. Elinor: Willoughby of Allenham has left some very muddy footprints in the passage.

    • Meg: Marianne, Colonel Brandon’s coming. Marianne: Come on, Meg, out the back. Meg: What for? Marianne: A healthy walk.

    • Colonel Brandon: I looked up some music which I though might be of some interest to Miss Marianne. Marianne: Thank you. (She looks at the music) I think you over estimate my abilities, sir. Colonel Brandon: I think not.

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    Notes (2)

    • For this episode, the show was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie".

    • Charity Wakefield (Marianne) brought an electric piano and learned to play before filming begun, so in the scenes where she has to play piano, it really is her playing.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Jane Austen would be proud

    By lapr, Dec 04, 2015