Masterpiece Classic: Persuasion
Airs Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Friday, February 19, 2010
Unhappily unmarried at age 27, and dealing with family financial peril, hope is fading from Anne Elliot's (Sally Hawkins, "Little Britain") life. Circumstances bring Captain Frederick Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones, "Casanova"), a dashing naval officer she once deeply loved, back into her life eight years after Anne was persuaded by her family to reject his marriage proposal.
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Having returned from sea with a new fortune, Wentworth is surrounded by swooning women while Anne broods at the periphery, longing to be in Wentworth's favor. Now Anne comes face-to-face with the deep regret of her old decision, and her abiding love for Wentworth, as she wonders if a long ago love can be rekindled.
"Persuasion" was adapted by Simon Burke, and directed by Adrian Shergold.