TV Movie: Marrying Mr. Darcy

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I love Hallmark Channel films in a “they are so bad they are diverting” way not in a “this is fine entertainment to feast your eyes on” way. Every year, from early November to mid-January, I am glued to my TV watching all the holiday-themed movies they pump out every winter. Last year, not including repeats from previous years, there were nearly 30 different films. They all had the same plot and were happily ever afters, but still, schlocky good fun.

(If you too are a fan of Hallmark Channel holiday films, I have a themed Facebook group you can join. Don’t be surprised if we’re only active from November to January.)

So, one night a couple of years ago as I was flipping through the channels, I came across Unleashing Mr. Darcy and I thought, “No, surely not.” BUT YES! SURELY IS! Based on the book by the same name, the plot is this: A modern spin on Pride and Prejudice where New Yorker Elizabeth Scott, floundering on what to do next with her life, gets the opportunity to show her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a national dog show. She discovers, living across the street, a Donovan Darcy who is also a breeder as well as a judge in the show. Hijinks ensue. And, well, you know how this ends.

(One word review of Unleashing Mr. Darcy the movie? Interesting and not in a good way.)

Imagine my surprise this morning trawling the internet to discover they are making a sequel, Marrying Mr. Darcy, picking up six months after Unleashing Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth and Donovan Darcy are “blissfully in love and newly engaged.” As they are planning their small autumn wedding, complications and expectations begin to arise. Should Elizabeth marry Mr. Darcy? (Spoiler: Of course, she will.)

Marrying Mr. Darcy is set to air on the Hallmark Channel on June 2 during Hallmark’s wedding season movie pack. Make sure to catch your local listings.  You can catch up by watching Unleashing Mr. Darcy via Amazon video streaming service.

(I will more than likely be watching if I can get the chance and if I do, expect a review to be forthcoming.)

 

 

 

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.