Here's a quote from The Times Online, which does not bode well for the series:
Seriously. It's not enough here to have once seen the movie, and to know that Austen's book is basically about some chippy tart in a big crumbly house, mooning over a soggy stuffed shirt with a stick up his arse. You need to know details: that Bingley is supposed to fancy Jane; that stuff happens at a dance; that Jane sets off for Netherfield in the rain, the works. And, while knowing all this, you still have to be stupid enough not to have minded all that crap about the secret door in the shower cubicle. Who are you? Do you work for ITV? Do you mind that I hate you?
Oh, dear. Is this how our young audience views Elizabeth Bennet? As some chippy tart? And what about Caitlin Moran's description of Mr. Darcy as a soggy stuffed shirt? Be still my angry, racing heart. This young reviewer (she must be young, for no one in my age group is called Caitlin) goes on to say:
Maybe Lost in Austen will get better in future episodes. It could be almost interesting to hear about how Elizabeth is getting on, over in Hammersmith. And, once you get past the fact that the whole project is a really, really bad and stupid idea that will be incomprehensible to almost everybody, you do start to notice some good bits. The characters are fairly well drawn (by Jane Austen), the acting isn't bad, and there are nice touches, such as the way Amanda keeps checking her mobile.
Well, thank goodness for Jane Austen, script writer. Her characters save the day once again. For a description of all the characters in this ITV adaptation, go to this fan site.
Update: Vic's reviews of the mini-series on Jane Austen's World