I am "half agony, half hope" in anticipation of Rupert Penry-Jones' performance as Captain Wentworth in the Masterpiece Theatre presentation of Jane Austen's classic love story Persuasion, which premieres on Sunday, January 13th at 9:00pm on PBS.
Could Mr. Penry-Jones be the next Jane Austen dashing romantic hero to swoon over? Hmm? Mayhap? I dare say, what big, shiny, black boots to fill Mr. Penry-Jones! That honour was bestowed upon the hunky actor Colin Firth , who as Mr. Darcy dove into the Pemberley pond and into our hearts in the 1995 BBC production of Pride & Prejudice. Time to pass on the breeches and boots to the next generation? We shall see.
The choice of Rupert Penry-Jones as the scorned-in-love, but-back-for more Captain Wentworth was an easy transition from his role as heartthrob MI5 agent Adam Carter in the BBC series Spooks . Each of the characters IS in service to the Crown right? Secret Service Agent or Naval Officer; - - high speed car chases, guns and tight uniforms, or galloping about the countryside on horseback, swords and tight breeches. Not much difference. What does two hundred years matter in the pursuit of true love, or high network ratings. A hunk is a hunk in any generation. Or so the producers hope.
In a big way, I feel the loss for Colin. How can anyone possible replace him? Those brooding dark eyes, that proud elegant manner, that LOOK? Sigh . . . So I am half agony, half hope that the best man wins the day.