Tonight on BBC2: Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors

Lucy Worsley

I’m a huge Lucy Worsley fan. I’ve seen just about every program she’s done and I’m eagerly awaiting the release of her book this summer, Jane Austen at Home: A Biography.

Imagine my delight, then, to discover she has a new program out tonight, Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors:

Now, in a fresh take on Jane Austen, Lucy Worsley traces the houses Jane lived in to show just how much they influenced her work. Embarking on a road trip across England Lucy visits properties that still exist – and uses clever detective work to bring to life those that have disappeared.

The show is set to air tonight in the UK on BBC2 but let’s hope it’ll come to PBS this summer.

What would Darcy have looked like?

Matthew McFayden

This one nearly slipped through my search filters! According to the Evening Standard, there is a month long (!?) series being commissioned by Drama TV to celebrate Jane Austen.

From the article (you’ll have to scroll down and look for the subtitle, “Darcy was not such a hunk”):
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To launch its Jane Austen season beginning on Sunday, the TV channel Drama has commissioned a pair of distinguished academics,  Professors John Sutherland and Amanda Vickery, to spend a month deciding what “the real Mr Darcy” would have looked like.

Being sound mind and a librarian, I went looking on Drama’s website and searched high and low for a press release with this announcement but couldn’t find squat.

(note: Drama is a UK television station so no word if it will make it to the U.S. ALSO, I stand by my choice of Matthew McFayden as Darcy as he is most dreamy.)

(note the second: Amanda Vickery is right up there with Lucy Worsley and Dr, Janina Ramirez as my top choices for historians. Bettany Hughes isn’t that far behind!)

At Home With Jane Austen by Lucy Worsley

At Home with Jane Austen

Holy cat’s pyjamas! One of my favourite historians is releasing a book on Jane this summer to coincide with the 200th anniversary of her death. (Pour one out for Jane’s death, amen.)

From the publisher,

On the eve of the two hundredth anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, take a trip back to her world and the many places she lived as historian Lucy Worsley visits Austen’s childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodations, the houses – both grand and small – of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life.

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Worsley examines the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her, and the varying ways in which homes are used in her novels as both places of pleasure and as prisons. She shows readers a passionate Jane Austen who fought for her freedom, a woman who had at least five marriage prospects, but – in the end – a woman who refused to settle for anything less than Mr. Darcy.

The book is set to release in the US on July 11, 2017 with simultaneous publication in the UK. I should have a review up a few days after that.