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MASTERPIECE: The Complete Jane Austen: Mansfield Park

Airs Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Promotional photo of Billie Piper, Joseph Beattie, Blake Ritson from "The Complete Jane Austen: Mansfield Park."

The Men of Austen

Interested in a suitor from the Mansfield Park social scene? Meet Austen's heroic, aloof, and dashing leading men, and pick your favorite.

In this episode, Fanny Price (Billie Piper, "Doctor Who," "The Ruby in the Smoke") is plucked from poverty as a child and taken to live with relatives at stately Mansfield Park. Surrounded by entitled and vain cousins, Fanny forges a connection with one — Edmund Bertram (Blake Ritson, "Inspector Lynley Mysteries").

Years later, two neighbors fresh from a life in high society descend on Mansfield Park, sparking a labyrinth of intrigue and affairs. Fanny finds herself being pursued, but not by the longstanding love of her life. Can Fanny listen to her own heart and wait for her true love to notice her? Jemma Redgrave ("Bramwell") also stars in Jane Austen's story of status, satire, and romance. Adapted by Maggie Wadey. Directed by Iain B. MacDonald.

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Behind The Scenes With Screenwriter Andrew Davies

Above: A behind-the-scenes look at adapting Jane Austen's classic novels to television with screenwriter, Andrew Davies. Davies dishes on romance, the interplay between men and women during the Austen period, and adapting Jane Austen's masterpieces to the screen. Masterpiece presents "The Complete Jane Austen."