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Masterpiece Classic: Emma - Part 1

Airs Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: A lavish new adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s most popular novels stars Michael Gambon (left) as Mr. Woodhouse and Romola Garai as Emma.

A fiercely funny four-hour adaptation of Jane Austen’s delightful love story stars Romola Garai ("Atonement") as a young woman whose attempts to play Cupid go disastrously awry. Rich, beautiful and hopelessly self-deluded, Emma Woodhouse can’t help meddling in the romantic life of others while neglecting her own. Jonny Lee Miller (“Endgame,” “Eli Stone”) stars as Emma’s stalwart friend, Mr. Knightley, with Michael Gambon (“Cranford,” "Harry Potter") as her doom-obsessed father.

Louise Dylan is Harriet Smith in this adaptation of one of Jane Austen's most popular novels.
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Above: Louise Dylan is Harriet Smith in this adaptation of one of Jane Austen's most popular novels.

In this episode: Unmarried and glad of it, Emma Woodhouse (Romola Garai) thinks herself the perfect matchmaker for others. Her friend Mr. Knightley (Jonny Lee Miller) has his doubts. Undeterred, she takes on the matrimonial cause of Harriet Smith (Louise Dylan), with unanticipated results.

"Emma" will be available for online viewing January 25 - March 9, 2010.

"Emma" Twitter Party:

Celebrate with other Austen and Masterpiece enthusiasts during our Twitter party on Sunday, January 24th during the premiere of episode one of "Emma." You're welcomed whenever you're watching, but during 9-11 p.m. ET, PBS and Masterpiece insiders, as well as Austen experts, will be tweeting too.

Tag your posts with the hashtag #emma_pbs and visit us on TweetGrid, or use your own favorite aggregator.

WHAT: PBS and Masterpiece are hosting a red-carpet premiere Twitter party (#emma_pbs)

WHEN: Sunday, January 24, 2010, 9-11 p.m. ET

WHERE: Join the party using our own custom Tweetgrid (Use hashtag #emma_pbs).

TOPICS: Jane Austen, Masterpiece, Emma

WHO: @pbs, @masterpiecepbs, Austen enthusiasts and YOU!

YOUR HOSTS: Prominent Austen bloggers Laurel Ann Natress (@Austenprose) and Vic (@janeaustenworld) and Kali Pappas (@magicskyway).

PARTY FAVORS: Participate from 9-11 p.m. on January 24th for your chance to win Austen prizes.

RSVP: Please follow and be followed (on Twitter, of course!) by other #emma_pbs tweeters

Video

A Sneak Preview Of Masterpiece Classic: Emma

Above: Watch a preview. A fiercely funny four-hour adaptation of Jane Austen’s delightful love story stars Romola Garai ("Atonement") as a young woman whose attempts to play Cupid go disastrously awry. Rich, beautiful and hopelessly self-deluded, Emma Woodhouse can’t help meddling in the romantic life of others while neglecting her own. Jonny Lee Miller (“Endgame,” “Eli Stone”) stars as Emma’s stalwart friend, Mr. Knightley, with Michael Gambon (“Cranford,” "Harry Potter" ) as her doom-obsessed father.

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