Did anyone else have a massive droolfest over the new season start of Masterpiece Theatre? I love, love, love the newest version of Persuasion. It will be airing a few more times before Sunday so if you didn’t watch it this weekend here is where I urge you to set your dvr. I watched it with GM yesterday morning and loved it so much that I watched it again with Mother in the evening. This may or may not have something to do with my deep, deep love for the brooding and unrealistic men that Jane creates (oh how our minds are the same when it comes to fantasies about men!).This particular version of Persuasion resonated with me on many levels. I like it when Jane’s characters are directed to break the 4th wall. It heightens the anxiety and reels you in. I also love a story in which you wait the entire two hours for the first kiss. (One of my secret favorite movies is You’ve Got Mail for that precise reason.)
PBS has changed the look and vibe of Masterpiece Theatre this year and I am still on the fence about that. I loved the old musical theme- oh the trumpets! (I am also someone that trills at the opening theme music to CBS Sunday Morning.) The new theme starts with the trumpet, maybe a hint of an homage, but then it morphs into some generic theme music that just doesn’t quite do it for me.
Another new thing is that each program will now be introduced. The classics will be introduced by Gillian Anderson, who was superb in last season’s Bleak House (rent it!). But for some reason I didn’t want to see Gillian, especially not with a bad dye job and wonky lip situation going on. I would rather have had the filmmaker present the film.
But I won’t complain much more. Oh no. Because this year they are doing The Complete Jane Austen within the “Classics” subcategory. The season will be divided into three categories: classics, mystery & contemporary. It should be noted that the contemporary piece will be the first American made work.