What to Watch

FURTHER VIEWING for the 2018 Jane Austen Summer Program.  

 Northanger Abbey (2007)


Studio/Network: ITV/Grenada Television Ltd. co-production with WGBH Boston
Director: Jon Jones
Screenplay by: Andrew Davies

Catherine Morland – Felicity Jones
Henry Tilney – JJ Feild
General Tilney – Liam Cunningham
Mrs. Allen – Sylvestra Le Touzel

Northanger Abbey (1987)


Studio/Network: A BBC TV Production in association with Arts & Entertainment Network
Director: Giles Foster
Screenplay by: Maggie Wadey

Catherine Morland – Katharine Schlesinger
Henry Tilney – Peter Firth
General Tilney – Robert Hardy
Mrs. Allen – Googie Withers

Ruby in Paradise (1993)


Like Catherine Morland, the heroine of this film, portrayed by Ashley Judd, leaves home and travels to a resort town, where she meets gentlemen and has adventures. She also reads Northanger Abbey, given to her by an intellectual gentleman of her acquaintance. However, the film, written and directed by Victor Nunez, is an homage to Northanger Abbey rather than an adaptation.

Wishbone: “Pup Fiction”

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Wishbone was a children’s television show broadcast on PBS in the 1990s, featuring a Jack Russell terrier named Wishbone with a very active imagination. When Wishbone’s young owner’s life reflects classic literature, Wishbone takes the lead in acting out the work in question. In “Pup Fiction,” an adaptation of Northanger Abbey, Wishbone plays Henry Tilney, frightening Catherine Morland with a made-up Gothic story and teaching her that taking books too seriously can get one in trouble. These shows are currently being rebroadcast on PBS in some markets; as the saying goes, check your local listings!

Information taken from: http://www.jasna.org/film/na.html

The Cate Morland Chronicles (2016)


The web series centers on Cate, a magazine intern obsessed with the show “The Mysteries of Udolpho,” starring her Hollywood crush, Henry Tilney. Click here for more info.

Frankenstein (1931)

dir. James Whale

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

dir. James Whale

Frankenstein: The True Story (1972)

dir. Jack Smight

Young Frankenstein (1974)

dir. Mel Brooks

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1995)

dir. Kenneth Branagh

Starring Branagh as Frankenstein and Robert De Niro as the Creature.

National Theater Live: Frankenstein (2011)

dir. Danny Boyle

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, alternating in the roles of the Creature and Victor Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, M.D. (2014)

Web series from the producer of “Lizzie Bennet Diaries” and “Emma Approved.” Click here for more info. 

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

dir. Paul McGuigan

Starring James McAvoy (Victor) and Daniel Radcliff (Igor)

The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015)

Barry Langford

TV series starring Sean Bean

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