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Masterpiece Classic: Persuasion

Airs Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Sally Hawkins (right) appears as Anne Elliot, destined for spinsterhood at age 27 after being persuaded eight years earlier to refuse the proposal of dashing Captain Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones, left). Then chance brings them together again.

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.

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Interview: 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.

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