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.
Emma (Episode 1)
Sunday, January 24 at 9:00 p.m. on WPBT2
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 (Episode 2)
Sunday, January 31 at 9:00 p.m. on WPBT2
Is confirmed bachelor Mr. Knightley secretly courting demure Jane Fairfax (Laura Pyper), recipient of a piano from a mysterious benefactor? Meanwhile, Emma, too, feels the unfamiliar tug of romance — in the direction of dashing Frank Churchill (Rupert Evans).
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