Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Austen Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can find all the information and upcoming prompts over on her blog. It’s such a fun idea and I love reading everyone’s posts and adding to my book wishlist.

This week’s prompt is a page to screen freebie so I’ve decided to pick my favourite Austen adaptations for both TV and film.

Pride and Prejudice BBC 1995

Pride and Prejudice (1995) – BBC Mini-Series

Lost in Austen 2008

Lost in Austen (2008) – ITV Mini-Series

Emma BBC 2009

Emma (2009) – BBC Mini-Series


Clueless (1995) – Film

Sense and Sensibility 1995

Sense and Sensibility (1995) – Film

Sense and Sensibility 2008

Sense & Sensibility (2008) – BBC Mini-Series

Persuasion BBC 1995

Persuasion (1995) – BBC Mini-Series

Northanger Abbey 2007

Northanger Abbey (2007) – TV Movie

Mansfield Park 2007

Mansfield Park (2007) – TV Movie

Becoming Jane

Becoming Jane (2007) – Film

There are quite a few more adaptations I could have included but I tried to choose my top ten (in no particular order). Any Austen adaptations you love?


  1. Ruth

    14 May 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow

    1. scorpiobookdreams

      14 May 2019 at 3:28 PM

      Yes, that one is great too! I love Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller so the 2009 adaptation was perfect for me.

  2. Lilyfae

    14 May 2019 at 3:39 PM

    So glad to see you went with Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehrle version of P&P!!
    I know it’s not quite Austen but in the spirit of your list I have to nod to Austenland (which is based on the books by Shannon Hale so bonus points for a film about a book about a love of books and their films and tv series!)

    1. scorpiobookdreams

      14 May 2019 at 4:22 PM

      My sister prefers the Keira Knightley version but I think the 1995 one is perfect. Yes, I loved Austenland! It was so much fun and captured the spirit of being an Austen fan.

  3. Claire

    14 May 2019 at 4:12 PM

    The 1995 Pride and Prejudice is FLAWLESS, and Clueless is the best adaptation of Emma, which is probably one of my least favourite Austen books. I adore the Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility as well, because I find the book itself a lot slower than P&P and it manages to edit out a lot of the extraneous bits.

    For Mansfield Park, though, I think my favourite will always be the Frances O’Connor version from 1999, although I have been to Newby Hall, where the ITV one you list was filmed, and it is beautiful. They have a room completely full of chamber pots.

    1. scorpiobookdreams

      14 May 2019 at 4:24 PM

      I totally agree. Clueless remains one of my all-time favourite films. I haven’t seen the 1999 Mansfield Park so will have to watch it as soon as I can. I went with the 2007 one mainly because I love Billie Piper but it definitely missed a lot out of the book.

  4. Emma's Library

    15 May 2019 at 1:10 PM

    The BBC Pride and Prejudice is my absolute favourite!!! I also really enjoyed both adaptations of Sense and Sensibility too. I’ve not seen any of the other period drama adaptations though but I want to, especially Emma and Mansfield Park as they’re the two I dislike, and I’m curious to find out whether I prefer them more on film.

    1. scorpiobookdreams

      16 May 2019 at 2:56 AM

      It’s pretty hard to resist Jonny Lee Miller as Mr Knightley in the 2009 Emma so maybe give that a go first!

      1. Emma's Library

        16 May 2019 at 10:08 AM

        Oh, thank you. I’ll have a look at it. 🙂

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