- 2 Seasons
"Emma" is a television series that aired in 1972 on BBC One. It is based on the classic novel of the same name by Jane Austen. Doran Godwin stars as the titular character Emma Woodhouse. Emma is a young woman who lives with her widowed father in the English countryside. She is intelligent, charming, and cunning. Emma believes herself to be an excellent matchmaker and enjoys meddling in the romantic lives of those around her. However, her interference often leads to unintended consequences, and she must learn to navigate the complexities of love and relationships.
John Carson plays Mr. Knightley, a close family friend, and frequent critic of Emma's matchmaking schemes. He is level-headed and sensible, serving as a foil to Emma's impulsive nature.
Donald Eccles portrays Emma's father, Mr. Woodhouse, a hypochondriac who is overly concerned with his own health and well-being. Constance Chapman plays Mrs. Weston, a kind-hearted woman who serves as a mother figure to Emma.
Robert East plays Frank Churchill, a charming and mysterious newcomer to town who captures Emma's attention. Ania Marson portrays Jane Fairfax, a reserved but talented young woman who becomes a rival for Frank's affections.
Raymond Adamson plays Mr. Elton, a clergyman who becomes smitten with Emma. Fiona Walker portrays Miss Bates, a talkative and well-meaning spinster who often finds herself at the center of Emma's matchmaking efforts.
John Alkin, Hilda Fenemore, and Mollie Sugden round out the cast as various town residents and acquaintances of Emma.
The series is an excellent adaptation of Austen's beloved novel, capturing the essence of the characters and themes while remaining faithful to the original source material. The costumes and sets are visually stunning, transporting viewers back to early 19th century England.
The performances are top-notch, with Godwin giving a delightful and nuanced portrayal of Emma. Carson's Mr. Knightley is the perfect mix of wit and charm, while Eccles and Chapman provide wonderful supporting performances.
Overall, "Emma" is a delightful and captivating series that is sure to please fans of Jane Austen and period dramas alike.
Emma is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on July 20, 1972.