How well do you know Jane Austen adaptations?
Think you know your Austen adaptations — traditional and modern? Take our quiz and find out!
Which Sherlock Holmes actor played Edmund Bertram in a "Mansfield Park" adaptation?
Both. Jonny Lee Miller starred as Edmund Bertram in the 1999 feature film, and Benedict Cumberbatch voiced the character in a 2003 BBC radio dramatization also starring Felicity Jones and David Tennant.
What acting siblings did Emma Thompson originally have in mind to play the Dashwood sisters in her adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility"?
Columbia Pictures, Mirage Enterprises
Emma Thompson originally envisioned the roles of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood (portrayed in the 1995 feature film by Thompson and Kate Winslet) for Vanessa Redgrave's daughters Natasha and Joely Richardson.
Emma and Sophie Thompson’s mother, Phyllida Law, played which Austen character in a film with one of her daughters?
Phyllida Law played Mrs. Bates opposite daughter Sophie Thompson's Miss Bates in the 1996 feature film "Emma."
What actor played two roles in versions of "Mansfield Park," 16 years apart?
Jonny Lee Miller starred as Edmund Bertram in the 1999 film and had a small role as Fanny Price's younger brother Charles in the 1983 mini series.
What two Austen novels has prolific screenwriter Andrew Davies NOT adapted for television?
"Persuasion" and "Mansfield Park." In addition to giving us the 1995 "Pride and Prejudice" mini series with Colin Firth and his wet shirt, Davies scripted the 1995 TV movie version of "Emma" with Kate Beckinsale, the 2007 version of "Northanger Abbey" with Felicity Jones and the 2008 "Sense and Sensibility" mini series with Hattie Morahan, Dan Stevens, Charity Wakefield and David Morrissey. He also adapted "War and Peace" (2016) and the original "House of Cards." We think it's time he took on both "Mansfield Park" and "Persuasion."
In the 1940 film version of "Pride and Prejudice" starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier, instead of defying the match of Elizabeth and Darcy, Lady Catherine (Edna May Oliver) quickly gives her blessing.
True. Shocking, but true. The film was based on the play by Helen Jerome, a loose version of Austen's novel.
A dog played Mr. Darcy in what TV show?
The PBS series "Wishbone," about a Jack Russell terrier who imagines himself in a variety of stories from classic literature, featured a "Pride and Prejudice" episode, titled "Furst Impressions," during season one. The series later did an episode on "Northanger Abbey," called "Pup Fiction." And while there IS a TV movie (for Hallmark Channel) called "Unleashing Mr. Darcy," the lead is not played by a canine.
"Clueless" is an update of what Austen novel?
As if it could be anything other than a modern take on "Emma."
"From Prada to Nada" is a 2011 Latina update of what Austen novel?
Aka "Sense and Sensibilidad," this modern version of "Sense and Sensibility" follows the journey of the Dominguez sisters, Nora and Mary, after their father's unexpected death leaves them penniless.
Which Austen update was the first web series to win an Emmy award?
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
All of Austen's novels have now garnered a multi-platform update but "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries," produced by Pemberley Digital, broke new ground and landed an Emmy.
Whit Stillman's 1990 film "Metropolitan" plays homage to what Austen novel?
New Line Cinema
Set in 1980s Manhattan, this debut film by auteur Whit Stillman is widely considered a loose adaptation of "Mansfield Park," with its focus on questions of class differences and morality.
Before playing Elizabeth Darcy in the mini series "Death Comes to Pemberley," Anna Maxwell Martin played Cassandra Austen in what film?
Anna Maxwell Martin portrayed Cassandra Austen opposite Anne Hathaway in the 2007 film "Becoming Jane."
Which English estate plays Pemberley in the 2005 film version of "Pride and Prejudice" starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen?
Chatsworth House in Derbyshire stood in for Pemberley, Mr. Darcy's estate, in the 2005 film "Pride and Prejudice" as well as "Death Comes to Pemberley."
Which English estate plays Pemberley in the 1995 BBC mini series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle?
Lyme Park on the edge of the Peak District served as Pemberley in the 1995 BBC mini-series.
"Ruby in Paradise" is a loose adaptation of which Austen novel?
Loosely based on "Northanger Abbey," the 1993 feature film "Ruby in Paradise" tracks the story of a young woman seeking a fresh start and a chance to establish her own identity in a Florida resort town.
Alison Steadman played Mrs. Bennet in the 1995 mini series. Which of the following actors has NOT portrayed the character?
Joanna David portrayed Mrs. Gardiner in the 1995 "Pride and Prejudice" mini series and Elinor Dashwood in the 1971 version of "Sense and Sensibility" but has not played Mrs. Bennet. The character has been played by Alex Kingston in "Lost in Austen," Sally Phillips in "Pride + Prejudice + Zombies," Brenda Blethyn in the 2005 film mini series, Rebecca Front in "Death Comes to Pemberley" and Priscilla Morgan in the 1980 mini series.
Which Austen novel is now a stage production with two actors and seven puppets?
Box Tale Soup
Formed in 2012, Box Tale Soup uses a unique blend of puppetry, physical theatre and traditional performance. One of the company's first productions was a version of "Northanger Abbey" that has been performed around the world, including at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica in 2014.
What classic horror film star played Mr. Darcy in a 1952, six-part live BBC mini series?
Peter Cushing, who played Baron Frankenstein and Van Helsing in numerous Hammer horror classics, played Mr. Darcy in a now-lost version for the BBC.
In addition to penning the Oscar-winning screenplay for the 1995 version of "Sense and Sensibility," Emma Thompson did uncredited work on what screenplay?
Emma Thompson script doctored Deborah Moggach's screenplay for the 2005 adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.
Several Doctor Who stars have played Austen characters in traditional and/or loose adaptations. Can you choose the right combination of Whovian actors who have played Austen characters?
David Tennant voiced Tom Bertram in the 2003 BBC radio adaptation of "Mansfield Park"; Matt Smith played Parson Collins in "Pride + Prejudice + Zombies"; Alex Kingston was Mrs. Bennet in "Lost in Austen"; Jenna Coleman played Lydia Wickham in "Death Comes to Pemberley"; and Billie Piper portrayed Fanny Price in the 2007 mini series version of "Mansfield Park."
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