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This mini-series is based on the eponymous Jane Austen novel Sense and Sensibility set in 1795. It tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, as they mourn the untimely death of their father and betrayal of their step-brother while navigating themselves toward romance and ultimately love.

Upon his deathbed, the Dashwood's sister's father asks his son John to take care of the sisters, but at the at the behest of John's wife Fanny, he reneges, taking over the abode of the sisters and leaving them to find another home.

Mrs. Dashwood soon moves the sisters to Barton Cottage in Devonshire, and before long, Colonel Brandon becomes smitten with Marianne and Edward Ferrars begins to fall deeply for Elinor.

The series was shot in the lush environs of Berkshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Devon, England. A magnificent, almost grandiose cottage serves as the home of the Middleton family, taking viewers on a journey back to that time. True to Jane Austen's style, the young heroines of the novel are plucky and independent, but still very eager to fall in love despite the shortfalls of their prospective and desired lovers. The romantic interests of the sisters are simultaneously loyal and maddening, the loyal character of Edward Ferrars contrasts nicely with the philandering John Willoughby.

Much like Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice, before true love can be found, heartbreaking correspondence, misunderstandings, pride, and misery while searching for true love must occur.

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1 Season, 7 Episodes
February 1, 1981
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  • Upon hearing of Marianne's illness, Willoughby comes to visit, attempting to explain his misconduct and seek forgiveness. Elinor pities him and ultimately shares his story with Marianne, who has a surprising revelation. When the Dashwoods return to Barton, they hear more about the engagement of Lucy Steele and Mr. Ferrar.

  • After learning from Mr. John Dashwood that Edward has been disinherited because he stood by his engagement to Lucy, Elinor is now as desolate as Marianne. Their unhappy stay in London finally comes to an end. Then, while visiting a family friend's country home, Marianne falls deathly ill.

  • In London, Marianne is anxious to be reunited with her beloved Willoughby, but when she sees him, he cruelly rebuffs her. At the home of Mrs. Ferrars, Elinor is slighted for her honesty while Lucy is favored for showing diplomacy. Later, Lucy is surprised by Edward's sudden arrival, and Edward is astonished to find Lucy with Elinor. Meanwhile, unaware of the secret engagement, Marianne is affectionate to Edward, treating him as the future brother-in-law she believes him to be. At Mrs. Dashwood's, Lucy's elder sister reveals Edward and Lucy's engagement.

  • Meanwhile, Anne and Lucy Steele, two recently discovered relations of Lady Middleton's mother, Mrs. Jennings, arrive at Barton Park as guests of the Middletons. Lucy ingratiates herself to Elinor and informs her that she (Lucy) has been secretly engaged to Mr. Ferrars for a whole year. Elinor initially assumes that Lucy is referring to Edward's younger brother, Robert, but is shocked and pained to learn that Lucy is actually referring to her own beloved Edward.

  • Although the half-brother of Elinor, Marianne, and the younger Margaret promised to care for his half-sisters, his wife convinces him he bears no financial obligation. Mr. And Mrs. John Dashwood take over the residence in Norland, leaving Mrs. Henry Dashwood and her daughters to feel like guests in their own home.

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