Jane Eyre - Season 1

BBC Premiered Jan 01, 1983 Unknown


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  • 12/19/83
    St. John makes Jane a proposition. He has a missionary's job in the Cape, and wants her to go with him - as his wife. Jane is shocked. She knows St. John does not love her, but he is relentless. He argues Jane has relinquished any desire of finding love. In which case, she must use her life to find salvation through God's work. Deeply torn, Jane goes up to the moors, where she hears Rochester's voice calling her name. She knows she must go to him. Jane returns to find Thornfield a blackened ruin. A year earlier, in the middle of the night, Bertha escaped the North Tower and set Thornfield ablaze. Rochester followed her to the roof, but Bertha plunged to her death before he could save her. Jane finds Rochester at Ferndean Manor, blind and still gravely injured. He recognizes Jane instantly, and is overwhelmed by her return to him. But Rochester wants a wife, not a nursemaid.moreless
  • Jane Eyre Episode 10
    On a walk across the moors, Jane meets the beautiful, wealthy Rosamond Oliver. She is clearly in love with St. John, and he with her. However, St. John's icy will presents an obstacle to marriage. He forces himself to subordinate his passions to his religious calling to serve as a missionary. By contrast, Diana and Mary declare it a crime to deny love. Soon, at a visit to Morton church, Jane pushes back memories of her failed wedding. She accepts an offer from St. John to become mistress of a new school for poor girls of the parish. Having decided to stay, Jane's memories come flooding back; after the wedding, Rochester passionately begged her to stay, claiming them to be true soulmates. Jane was unable to deny her equally overpowering love, but remained adamant she would leave. Next morning, she did just that. She crept out of Thornfield at dawn, and got on a coach across the country.moreless
  • Jane Eyre Episode 9
    Jane wanders the moors, penniless and starving. Utterly exhausted, she lies down in a final act of surrender to the elements. But she is brought back from the brink by a faint light in the distance, growing closer. The lantern belongs to the clergyman St. John Rivers, who rescues Jane. Together with his sisters, Diana and Mary, St. John nurses her back to health. The family is poor, but intelligent and spirited. Jane forcefully represses all memories of Rochester's desperate attempts to make her stay, and resolves to begin a new life.moreless
  • 11/28/83
    Two nights before the wedding, Jane has a nightmare and wakes with a start to a yet more terrifying vision of a strange woman in her bedroom. She wants to believe Rochester's explanation that it was part of her dream, but the results are scarily real - Jane's wedding veil has been ripped in two. The wedding day arrives, but as the pair stands at the altar they are interrupted by a lawyer, Briggs, and Richard Mason, who announce that Rochester is already married to Mason's sister Bertha. Rochester takes the wedding party up to the North Tower, introduces them to his wife, and relates his history. Rochester's father wanted to preserve his estate by marrying him off to a wife who would bring a rich dowry. He was sent to the Caribbean and tricked into marrying Berthab unaware of the insanity running through her family. Bertha quickly succumbed to madness, but Rochester didn't abandon her.moreless
  • Jane Eyre Episode 7
    Jane receives a visit from Bessie, the maid at the Reed house. She brings bad tidings: Mrs. Reed is dying and asking for Jane. As Jane drives away, she sees Rochester and Blanche out riding together and worries what might happen in her absence. Jane returns to Gateshead Hall, the scene of her childhood misery. Mrs. Reed is on her deathbed, following her son John's excessive debauchery and subsequent death. Her cousins, Eliza and Georgiana, treat Jane with great condescension. Georgiana has become extremely vain, whilst Eliza claims she will wash her hands of Georgiana after her mother's funeral and spend the rest of her life in a convent. Mrs. Reed raves in her delirium about Jane Eyre being a nightmare child. But in a more lucid moment, her true feeling of guilt about Jane becomes far clearer. Three years earlier, Mrs. Reed received a letter from Jane's uncle, John Eyre.moreless
  • Jane Eyre Episode 6
    Rochester returns with a house party. The guests cover a cross-section of high-society, among them the Ingram family, including the opinionated, aristocratic Lady Ingram and her striking daughter Blanche. Soon it's the understanding of the entire household (not least Lady Ingram) that Blanche is the perfect match for Rochester. Despite Jane's obvious discomfort at the patronizing treatment she receives, Rochester insists that she attend the evening soir?es at every opportunity. One evening, Rochester asks Jane if she thinks he should fulfill the gossips' predictions and propose. In Jane's opinion, is he in love with Blanche? Jane counters that she knows nothing of love. But any hopes she might once have had for herself are now truly crushed. Later, the mood of the party darkens as Rochester suggests playing some dangerous games.moreless
  • Jane Eyre Episode 5
    Although he is taciturn, and often moody, Rochester is impressed by Jane's spirit. Increasingly drawn to her, he begins to engage her in long, intimate conversations. Jane learns the story of Adèle's mother, Céline, a Parisian opera-singer who was once Rochester's mistress. He claims Céline left Adèle on his doorstep: she is not his daughter, but he couldn't abandon the girl. By now, Jane has begun to feel an attraction to Rochester and to think of Thornfield as home. But this dream is shattered when, in the middle of the night, she wakes with a start to hear strange noises in the corridor outside her room. Following the sound of footsteps Jane races to Rochester's room where she discovers his bed is on fire, and his life is in grave danger. Jane saves Rochester's life - rousing him from his bed, and helping put out the fire raging in his room.moreless
  • 10/31/83
    Thornfield is a vast estate, forbidding at first with its endless corridors and different wings. But Jane soon settles in, after a warm welcome from the jolly housekeeper Mrs. Fairfax, and her new pupil, a young French girl called Ad?le Varens. She enjoys her lessons and begins to make some progress with her lively and wayward student. Still, Jane becomes restless - her aching desire for escape and travel still lingers. One day, whilst daydreaming of warmer countries on the terrace, Jane looks across the estate of Thornfield and sees a long red scarf floating out from a window of the North Tower. Mrs. Fairfax has little explanation. She suggests it was perhaps Grace Poole, who does the laundry and lives up there alone. One afternoon, while walking to Millcote to post a letter, Jane is almost run down by a rider galloping down the path towards her.moreless
  • Jane Eyre Episode 3
    The whole school suffers an epidemic of typhus that kills a large proportion of the students. Brocklehurst is deposed, and conditions finally improve. Eight years later, Jane has worked her way up to a teaching position at Lowood. Finally, she decides it is time to leave. After advertising in the local newspaper, Jane gets the job of governess at Thornfield Hall.moreless
  • Jane Eyre Episode 2
    The school is freezing; the conditions unbearably austere. Jane hates her time there, particularly the attempts by Brocklehurst to kill her spirit and individuality. However, Jane makes a close friend in a fellow pupil called Helen Burns who advises her not to attempt to run away but to work hard and improve herself through education. That way, she will one day fulfill her dream of escape. Unfortunately, Helen is not so lucky and dies in Jane's arms from cold and illness.moreless
  • Jane Eyre Episode 1
    Orphaned as a child, Jane Eyre is brought up in the cruel and loveless household of her aunt, Mrs. Reed, at Gateshead Hall. She is an outsider in the Reed family, rejected by her cousins Georgiana and Eliza, and tormented by their brother John. As a result, Jane develops an active imaginative life dreaming of foreign landscapes, artistic expression, and escape. One day, John Reed provokes Jane to fight back against his attacks - then blames the entire trouble on her, calling for Mrs. Reed's intervention. So follows a terrifying night locked in the Red Room, where Jane receives a spectral visitation from the corpse of her Uncle Reed. Soon, the austere clergyman, Mr Brocklehurst, who runs a charitable institution called Lowood School, visits Jane. Without a reconciliation of any kind with her aunt, and aged only ten, Jane is to be sent away.moreless