Created by: Jane Austen (novel)
Directed by: Iain B. MacDonald
Written by: Maggie Wadey (screenplay)
Produced by: Rebecca Eaton , George Faber, Nick Goding, Suzan Harrison, Charles Pattinson
Other cast: Billie Piper, James D'Arcy, Douglas Hodge, Blake Ritson
Premiere date: 18 March 2007
Running time: 2h
Poor relation Fanny Price is allowed at 10 to live on rich, prestigious Sir Thomas's grand estate Mansfield. Raised almost as one of his own children, she becomes everyone's favorite pet, bonding especially with sensitive Edmund Bertram, who aspires a virtuous vicarage rather then gain or glory. The family feels betrayed when fanny refuses a proposal from even wealthier neighbor Henry Crawford. But even more strenuous times are ahead, with surprising results.
Synopsis (Warning: contains spoilers!)
At age 10, Fanny Price is sent by her destitute mother to live with her aunt and uncle, Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram. As a child she was often made to feel that she was the poor relation but by the time she reaches 18, and in the absence of her uncle who leaves on a business trip for an extended period, she begins to enjoy herself. When Henry Crawford and his sister Mary become neighbors to the Bertrams, opportunities abound. Edmond Bertram falls in love with Mary but she wants to marry a man with money, not someone destined to life as a clergyman. Meanwhile, Fanny’s love for her cousin Edmond prevents her from accepting Mr. Crawford’s proposal of marriage.
- The cream gown with red trim Hayley Atwell (Mary Crawford) wears to the picnic is the same costume Natasha Little (Becky Sharp) wears at the Sedley’s house in Vanity Fair (1998), and Cesca Martin wears in The Regency House Party (2004).
Mary Crawford: You think if you shake me hard enough something profound with come out, but I assure you, I am profoundly shallow.
Lady Bertram: Oh my dear, Fanny has been in love with Edmund since she was a little girl.
- Mansfield Park Theme
Written by John E. Keane