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Archive for the ‘“Lost in Austen”’ Category
  M.   September 06, 2008

A year ago she was fresh out of college and up to her ears in debt.

Today Gemma Arterton is a rising star of everything from Bond films to bodice-rippers.

But lean times are not hard to forget and Gemma, whose mum brought her up alone while working as a cleaner, has an eye for a bargain at Primark.

Last night four million viewers watched Gemma, 22, playing Lizzie Bennet in ITV’s comedy period piece Lost in Austen. And she will soon take the starring role in Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, the BBC’s new costume drama.

But it’s not just prime-time TV that Gemma is fast conquering. Read More

  M.   September 05, 2008

Today I’ve added 6 new Tess stills to the gallery, as well as a scan from the Sun featuring an iconic image from the book/movie: Tess tasting strawberries. Be sure to check out the Magazine Scans category for more Tess (and Lost in Austen) related material. There are plenty of good articles and pretty photos that aren’t in the Tess of the D’Urbervilles category itself.

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008) : Production Stills
– Magazine Scans: The Sun (UK) – September 5, 2008, thanks to Lorna

  M.   September 04, 2008

This is not a sentence that you often hear – but it’s been a good week for drama on ITV1. After The Children’s highly promising start on Monday, last night brought us the first episode of Lost in Austen. Of course, as many people have already spotted from its shameless blending of Pride and Prejudice with Life on Mars, the series does come with a distinct whiff of commercial calculation. Yet, so far at least, this only goes to show that commercial calculation can sometimes work rather well. The result can’t be called profound. Nonetheless, it does triumphantly achieve its main aim of being enormously good-natured fun.

Jemima Rooper plays Amanda Price, a Jane Austen addict, who began last night living a typical (harsher critics might say stereotypical) twentysomething life in Hammersmith, complete with rubbish boyfriend burping away on the sofa. But then her literary heroine, Elizabeth Bennet (Gemma Arterton) suddenly stumbled through a door in the space-time-fiction continuum to pitch up in the bathroom. When Amanda went through the other way, without Lizzie, the door inevitably locked behind her, leaving her stranded in the Bennet family home.

Admittedly, some viewers may have felt this was a bit implausible. There is, however, one obvious counter-argument: who cares? Read More

  M.   September 02, 2008

Guys and gals, we have plenty of new scans for you today! Most of them thanks to our faithful collaborator Lorna. But that’s not all. Tran was also kind enough to send us a scan from the Australian magazine Frankie. Please take a look to our last uploads to see what’s new.

Lost in Austen premieres in the UK this Wednesday, on ITV1, at 9pm. Be sure to watch it! However, I have to admit to admit that, while I love Jane Austen film adaptations, I’m most excited about Tess. I love Roman Polanski’s works and his 1979 film. In fact, I love period films and films based on masterpieces of literature. The BBC’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles website was updated with a trailer, but unfortunately you can only view it if you’re in the UK.

Gemma didn’t attend the London premiere of RocknRolla, that’s why you’re not seeing any photos from it in our gallery.

Last but not least, rumour says the second Quantum of Solace trailer will be on the 9th September 2008 at 9:00am CET instead of the 11th.

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Out of our recent gallery additions, I’d like to highlight the following articles:

– Magazine Scans: Frankie (Australia) – Issue 25 (September / October 2008), thanks to Tran
– Magazine Scans: Sky Magazine (UK) – September 2008, thanks to Lorna
– Magazine Scans: Sunday Times (UK) – August 31, 2008, thanks to Lorna
– Magazine Scans: Daily Mail Weekend Supplement (UK) – August 30, 2008, thanks to Lorna

  Mycah   August 30, 2008

“Oh my God, I have been told that I’m hideous, not to Bond-girl standard, that the only reason I’m working is because I must be shagging someone in the industry . . . I’ve read that everywhere. At first, I was like, ‘I’m an actress, I went to drama school, I did theatre, I’m serious.’ And then you go, ‘Ah, it’s some fat t*** with no life who wrote that, so they can sod off.’ I’ll just do my work, which I seem to be getting, and see what happens.”

Arterton is starring in two of the autumn’s biggest bonnet dramas, but gives them a modern edge

Gemma Arterton owns this autumn. First up, she’s playing the lead in BBC1’s mega-budget Hardy adaptation, Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Next, she’s slinking her way through Quantum of Solace as the cool MI6 handler Agent Fields (just don’t mention that she was taller than Daniel Craig when she wore heels). Then she’s punky and sharp-tongued in ITV’s twisted bonnet comedy, Lost in Austen, in which Arterton as Elizabeth Bennet swaps lives with a modern girl played by Jemima Rooper.

With roles in St Trinian’s and Stephen Poliakoff’s Capturing Mary, and a healthy stage career — all by the age of only 22 — you would expect a ripple from the regulars at the Hampstead pub when she glides through the crowd with a mischievous grin on her face. But nobody so much as blinks. And, to be fair, I’m not entirely sure this actually is the woman I’m supposed to meet. In Bond she’s a redhead with milk-white skin; in St Trinian’s she sports a jet-black bob; and as Tess she looks like the healthy daughter of a country farmer. But this woman is dark and sultry, with a pout that would flatten Rachel Weisz.

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  Mycah   August 30, 2008

How Pride and Prejudice got a twist of Dr Who

The Question: “what if?” has been a staple of television drama since Dr Who‘s police box turned out to be bigger on the inside. The recent success of series such as Lost, Heroes and Life On Mars just proves that the formula has lost none of its viewer appeal.

But what if that same approach was applied to one of television’s sacred cows, the costume drama? Suppose you took a Life On Mars-style time traveller, with all the scope for cultural misunderstandings that entailed, and dropped her into the plot of a classic novel. Let’s say you chose Pride and Prejudice. What would that look like?

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  Riikka   August 27, 2008

Coming soon to ITV1, Lost In Austen is a reinvention of the classic novel Pride And Prejudice, in which Jane Austen’s story is thrown off track by a very modern heroine. Gemma Arterton plays Elizabeth Bennet.

What drew you to the role of Elizabeth Bennet?

Pride and Prejudice is a classic and it’s a compliment to be asked to read for Elizabeth Bennet as she’s such a fantastic, witty and intelligent character. Also she’s ahead of her time and that’s the reason she fits into the modern world.

Do you think the Lizzie Bennet you play in Lost in Austen is true to Jane Austen’s character in Pride and Prejudice?

The characters in Lost in Austen are really affected by what happens when Lizzie and Amanda swap places. Obviously, if you are taken to another world you’re going to change, but their personalities are those that were created in Pride and Prejudice, so Elizabeth’s strength and forward thinking nature stands her in good stead. Read More