ITV gives Pride and Prejudice a modern makeover

A reinvention of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice has gone into production in West Yorkshire, it has been announced.

Lost In Austen sees the original story thrown off track by a very modern heroine, Amanda Price (Jemima Rooper). Amanda swaps places with Elizabeth Bennet (Gemma Arterton) and takes centre stage in the celebrated love story.

Disillusioned with her life in London and her boyfriend, Amanda discovers Elizabeth in her bathroom. Soon she finds herself swapping places with her as she enters the ‘real’ fictional world of Pride And Prejudice, arriving in the home of the Bennet family.

An ITV boss Sally Haynes said: “Lost In Austen has the high production values of period drama.

“Its sumptuous period locations, costume, carriages and props are juxtaposed with Amanda Price’s very modern lifestyle.

“The cleverness of the script will appeal to Austen aficionados and attract a new audience to this beautiful love story.”

Other cast members include Hugh Bonneville and Alex Kingston as Mr and Mrs Bennet and Lindsay Duncan as Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Mr Darcy is played by Elliot Cowan and Morven Christie is Jane Bennet.

The four-part series is written by Guy Andrews (Chancer, Prime Suspect) and directed by Dan Zeff (Doctor Who, Marple).

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