Ten years before Jane Austen's novel Sense and Sensibility was transformed into a lavish theatrical feature by director Ang Lee, the property was adapted as a rather less lavish but no less entertaining British TV miniseries. Irene Richard and Tracy Childs starred as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, two attractive sisters from a prominent British family. When the Dashwoods go broke after the death of their father, the flighty Marianne and the more reserved (and, need we add, more intelligent) Elinor go on an exhaustive search for proper, and properly wealthy, husbands. Sense and Sensibility was served up in three 60-minute portions by the BBC. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
This is my least favorite version of Sense and Sensibility. The main reason for that is the acting job of the two actresses who played Elinor and Marianne. Elinor was way too stiff and showed no emotion even in her face, seeming almost robotic and inhuman. The character, although she is rational and composed, should still show her human side! Marianne was not much better--there was no depth in her tears or her emotional speeches. I wasn't drawn in to their story and didn't really care what happened to them. Even though I am an Austen fan, I won't watch this again--if you're looking for a version of Sense and Sensibility, go with the 1995 or 2008 versions, which are far better.
This is a charming version of an excellent tale, but only for the die-hard Austen fan. Despite admirable performances from most of the cast, this version is not as easy to sit through as Emma Thompson's version. It is drawn out and too subtle. The lead actress plays Charlotte in a not-so-famous version of Pride and Prejudice, and in appearance at least she is better suited to play Charlotte than to play Eleanor. On the whole the characters, from Eleanor to Mrs Jennings, are portrayed very negatively.