Lost in Austen premiered on ABC1 in Australia on March 8th to solid reviews and ratings, concluding on March 15th. Graeme Blundell a "caddish disbeliever" of Austen novels and a reporter for the Australian was converted.
"I loved this show and laughed out loud many times, even though I have only a passing acquaintance with the characters on which it is based. (Though I've developed a a secret yearning for fine britches, high polished boots, long riding coats and big hats during the past few years of watching Austen TV.)"
This time twisted Pride and Prejudice parody first aired on ITV in the UK in September 2008 and has gradually made its way across the pond to Canada, the US, then south to New Zealand, and now downunder. Its appreciation seems to be growing as I see more chat about it online and Internet surfers land on my blog Austenprose in droves from search engines.
Honestly, who would have guessed? My hunch is that the male cast had a lot to do with it. If Elliot Cowan had been concerned about stepping into Colin Firth's big boots as Mr. Darcy, it did not show. He brings his own penetrating style and refined attraction to Jane Austen's hero. My only puzzlement is in his disappearance from the scene. There is little to be found about him online, even since the 2008 premiere. If an actor accepts such an iconic role, and does it so convincingly, he has created a public personae, which if he was paying attention, are quite eager to learn about his new projects. Its called publicity. It can make or break a career. If he is trying to parallel the brooding, enigmatic Mr. Darcy, he is doing a great job.
Check out who is ahead in the ultimate Mr. Darcy poll. I am not surprised by number one, but number two might raise a few eyebrows!
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Cheers, Laurel Ann, Austenprose