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September 5, 2006


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First clip from Jane Eyre 2006!

Thanks to pennyforyourdreams, and yorkshirewench! Toby Stephens was interviewed this morning on BBC Breakfast. You can download a clip made by yorkshirewench here.



  1. Wow, Bronteana, that was quick!

    To be honest the interview was pretty much the same as the one in the Times last week, but the clip has really great.

    I really liked the foggy meeting in the lane, even though it’s meant to be dusk. I was dissappointed with the loss of “What the deuce!” and the fact that Rochester doesn’t have a sprained ankle. I liked Jane’s solicitude and the way she shakes off Rochester’s vehement “witch”.

    One thing I noticed in the clip playing in the background was it was very dark; please, please don’t let them have filmed the entire series in gloom, I hate having to peer through murk to make people out.

    Hee, Kate Silverton got a a bit giggly when she was introducing him and you could really see his discomfort at being described at the next Darcy. His whole body language changed and got a little more closed. Aw, hopefully this time next year, they’ll be asking: ” Are you the next Rochester?”

    Comment by pennyforyourdreams — September 5, 2006 @ 8:34 pm |Reply

  2. Oh, but he has a bit more insight into the character this time around! I was very cheered by it. I have only found perhaps two actors in the role who understand that the abruptness and changibiliy are underpinned. He’s not schizophrenic.

    The scene did look pretty, and as a fan of carravagio, I cannot complain about the darkness 😉 But, I hope it isn’t constant. It can be effective. I like how lighting was used as signification in the 1996 film.

    It was a different Hay Lane scene, a bit like some of the changes I’ve seen, but passable.

    *sigh* Argh! Living in residence! *shakes fist at people pounding on my door to invite me to deafen myself at their party*

    Anyway… I liked the swearing. I think he underplayed it a little, which is good. Pity the clip was so short- it is difficult to say anything about it.

    Comment by Brontëana — September 5, 2006 @ 8:43 pm |Reply

  3. Great clip and interview, thanks to all those responsible for uploading it!

    He handled the Darcy question well; Austen and Bronte characters differ in so many ways, why compare them?

    Comment by marshalsea — September 5, 2006 @ 8:44 pm |Reply

  4. to marshalsea:

    He’s a very tactful man 🙂 There really is a lot of difference between Austen and Bronte. I don’t know why it seems necessary to compare them constantly. In this case, there’s this 1995 production of P&P setting the standard for all costume drama- so that makes some sense.

    And they didn’t even mention an air date? Shame on them! (by the way, all of my plotting is in vain. I’m too far out in the Atlantic now to get PBS 😦 I’ll have to wait for the DVD.

    Comment by Brontëana — September 5, 2006 @ 8:51 pm |Reply

  5. It’s to be aired on Sunday 24th September 9pm BBC One.

    Comment by marshalsea — September 5, 2006 @ 9:25 pm |Reply

  6. I don’t know how I missed the airdate. It is still difficult to concentrate here. But, I did have a stroke of luck in finding a small Edwardian library within the older residence, which I can use once classes start. That will be some relief from the constant techno music.

    Comment by Brontëana — September 5, 2006 @ 9:30 pm |Reply

  7. Hey Bronteana!

    Thanks for posting this, and thanks to the people who captured it! I’m not sure if I like his Rochester, but it’s too small of a clip to tell. On a purely frivolous note, his voice doesn’t seem deep enough for the character… *rolls eyes at my own shallowness*

    But I have a question. Do you have a vhs player? Perhaps someone (me for instance) could tape the show and snail mail the video to you? Then you’d at least get to see it…

    ~Alayna :o)

    Comment by Anonymous — September 5, 2006 @ 11:00 pm |Reply

  8. The air date was on the tag at the beginning of the clip. I ignored it the first time around too because I was peering at the actual video.

    Looks great; I join in the hopes that it’s not dark and foggy the whole time. On that same line – it looked like Rochester was tipping the bottle pretty well in the tiny “orange” clip on the screens behind the interview.

    I love Jane, from the clip. Very elfin face.

    Comment by Vaire — September 5, 2006 @ 11:50 pm |Reply

  9. Wow, great! I found the clip very good (but rather brief indeed).

    Comment by siansaksa — September 6, 2006 @ 3:40 am |Reply

  10. I like it! It will be a long wait until it’s shown here in Australia … I am going to have be very disciplined in not watching preview clips and downloads in the meantime (or at least until I can get it on DVD). I am, however, really looking forward to reading the reviews of our UK friends as it’s screened.

    Comment by delamare — September 6, 2006 @ 6:01 am |Reply

  11. Toby Stephens as Mr Rochester!! My eyes grew big when I read this! 🙂 Thank you so very much for posting the clip, I really look forward to this series! Although, who knows when it will make it here in Romania? But I have hope, as it seems BBC costume dramas are appreciated here.

    I enjoyed listening to Toby Stephens talking about his character, and I’m so curious to see how he translated his insights in his acting 🙂

    And of course I was rather irritated (even though I knew it was unavoidable) that Toby was asked about his Bond movie role… Why are things in such a way that he’d never be asked about his Vladimir Lensky in Onegin?? He was simply superb in that. I hope that after “Jane Eyre” more interest in “Onegin” will rise./end rant of biased fan 🙂

    Comment by Anonymous — September 6, 2006 @ 8:02 am |Reply

  12. I can’t seem to download it at the mo – may be my pc though. Looking forward to misty stary goodness when I get home!

    Looking to see if the BBC page was *at last* up (will it ever be??) I chanced upon this:

    Apparently, in the third ep, there is a visit the set of this Jane Eyre. But since it doesn’t air till 2nd Oct, that will presumably be after the first JE is shown? Still, it seems that there may be a few clips.

    Comment by Liz — September 6, 2006 @ 8:56 am |Reply

  13. Bronteana: Oh, but he has a bit more insight into the character this time around! I was very cheered by it. I have only found perhaps two actors in the role who understand that the abruptness and changibiliy are underpinned.

    Yes, compared to some actors, he actually has thought about his role, and we know he’s at least read the book. I always think less of actors when they say they haven’t read the book. It’s almost as if they’re not committed enough.

    One of the reasons I’m so excited to see what Toby does with the role is because of his intelligence, I feel he will bring out a lot more in the character because of this. He was trained up at the RSC and can handle and understand complex issues; in his interviews on the Hamlet site he interprets and communicates very well the themes and ideas behind the play. In an ideal world, that is what the BBC should be putting on their website, I wish…

    Comment by pennyforyourdreams — September 6, 2006 @ 2:47 pm |Reply

  14. to Alayna:

    You know, I had the very same thought about my favourite Rochesters. They’re both tenors, but in the end the register just didn’t matter 🙂

    I didn’t bring my VHS with me, but thank you for the kind offer!

    Comment by Brontëana — September 6, 2006 @ 3:32 pm |Reply

  15. to Vaire:

    I had the same thought about the drinking. We have all seen a drunken Rochester with Mr. MacNee.

    Comment by Brontëana — September 6, 2006 @ 3:34 pm |Reply

  16. to siansaska:

    I liked the interview as well, but more clips- or longer clips- would be nice too 🙂

    Comment by Brontëana — September 6, 2006 @ 3:35 pm |Reply

  17. to delamare:

    You mean… after this clip you won’t watch any clips? Just the one! No harm done 😀

    Comment by Brontëana — September 6, 2006 @ 3:36 pm |Reply

  18. to annonymous:

    Actually, there is an article in the archives about the series being sold to television networks in eastern Europe. It wasn’t to Romania in particular, but perhaps it will circulate there are well!

    Comment by Brontëana — September 6, 2006 @ 3:38 pm |Reply

  19. to liz: Yes, on the clip there’s a tag saying the series will begin airing on September 24th. Still, a visit to the set is nothing to sniff at. I’d love to see that episode even if it is after the release.

    Comment by Brontëana — September 6, 2006 @ 3:40 pm |Reply

  20. to penny:

    Agreed! He has some very interesting things to say. I am also turned off when I hear that an actor hasn’t done any preparation for a role. I generally find that actors who are RSC end up among those I most esteem in the role, with the glaring exception of Ciaran Hinds. So far, things look good- not OTT, which is what I had feared, but these are still short clips so hard to tell what the overall interpretation will be like.

    Comment by Brontëana — September 6, 2006 @ 3:45 pm |Reply

  21. Can anyone read lips and figure out what the conversation is in the “orange scene”? *grin*

    It looked to me like Jane said two words in quick succession, the last like an afterthought, like, “Yes. Sir!” … and Adele was picking up a doll. Grasping at details…

    To marshalsea (“He handled the Darcy question well; Austen and Bronte characters differ in so many ways, why compare them?”)…

    …I think the Darcy question was simply referencing the instant acknowledgement Colin Firth received after that one role. That’s the way I’ve heard it, anyway.

    Comment by Vaire — September 6, 2006 @ 4:44 pm |Reply

  22. to vaire:

    I think its the second interview. I assumed that was ‘do you find my handsome?’ ‘No sir.’ 😉 But I can’t read lips. Also, Adele’s presence is more prominent in the second interview- it looks like she might be going for her doll?

    I think you’re right about the Darcy question, but part of it is also that Rochester isn’t Darcy. Although in some places he’s preferred over Darcy, generally speaking Darcy has more appeal to a broader base of people. If Colin Firth was playing another romantic figure and not Darcy, probably he would not have had his ‘Darcy moment.’

    Comment by Brontëana — September 6, 2006 @ 5:07 pm |Reply

  23. I thought the shot angles in this clip were very interesting. They make Rochester seem larger-than-life, a giant! I watched the clip twice, and both times I almost mistaked Mesrour for a dog with Rochester in the foreground. As for Jane, the scene makes her decidedly short, which works of course. But I was amazed by how Rochester seemed to have an overwhelming presence from the very moment we are introduced to him.

    Comment by griffin_c84 — September 6, 2006 @ 6:04 pm |Reply

  24. Overwhelming presence is right! I think I’m sold already. I like the feeling of the cold and the damp, and the mud flying from the horses hooves. And, call me crazy, but the swearing works! As for Jane, she seems quite steady and calm in the presence of such an intense man. I don’t know if I could have gotten any words out of my mouth looking at him (Hee Hee).

    Comment by Anonymous — September 6, 2006 @ 6:32 pm |Reply

  25. I finally managed to see it and I must say that it does look promising! I loved the fog, for it added that much more mystery to the setting. And Jane’s tying her shoelaces..was that supposed to be an allusion to what she’d do later in the novel (or possibly the movie?). Oh and this Rochester is very…Rochesterian indeed! Jane’s look maybe deceiving but I did detect some crimson and some spark in her eyes!

    I am sold!

    Comment by mysticgypsy — September 6, 2006 @ 9:37 pm |Reply

  26. to griffin:

    I agree. It seems to me that some of the camera work is quite effective but the number of cuts, and some of the angles make the scene a little confusing and cramped- in my opinion. But in general I’m pleased with it.

    Comment by Brontëana — September 7, 2006 @ 6:23 pm |Reply

  27. to annonymous:

    Yes, I think the spirit of the scene comes across well. He does swear during the scene in the book, you know 😉 But most adaptations tweak it so that the is far more polite. I think the dynamics between Jane and Rochester are nice.

    Comment by Brontëana — September 7, 2006 @ 6:26 pm |Reply

  28. to mysticgypsy:

    I can’t describe what it is, but I like Ruth’s interpretation very much so far. I mentioned those subtle expessions before. It also seems very natural to me.

    Comment by Brontëana — September 7, 2006 @ 6:27 pm |Reply

  29. I’m surprised that “Fergus Wolf” from “Possession” wasn’t mentioned! lol The newsmedia assume that people’s memories are so short. This has to be the reward for taking on the thankless role of Gibert Markham, too. 🙂

    Waiting impatiently for a dvd of the 1973 JE,

    Comment by annamir — September 7, 2006 @ 10:14 pm |Reply

  30. This clip has certainly peaked my interest. I’ve been wondering about Ruth Wilson since I heard she’d been cast. Two lines of dialogue isn’t much to go on, but I do like the look of her. And I love the low angled shots used for Toby Stephens – as if he’s some Rochester-godzilla towering over her.

    Alayna – does your offer of taping and snail mail stand for the rest of us poor saps who must otherwise wait til January?

    Comment by Jo_42 — September 8, 2006 @ 4:08 pm |Reply

  31. Jo_42: Hah! Rochester-Godzilla! LOL 😀

    Comment by pennyforyourdreams — September 8, 2006 @ 7:26 pm |Reply

  32. =D… my brain is at a loss for words now that im back home. but still.. =D

    Comment by lessa — September 15, 2006 @ 10:20 am |Reply

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