This adaptation of Jane Austen’s final unfinished work began airing in the United States on PBS in 2020 as part of the channel’s Masterpiecetitles. Starring Rose Williams and Theo James as Charlotte Heywood and Sidney Parker, this limited series contains many of Austen’s tropes, including scheming to secure social status, misunderstood male characters and more.
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Considered the cornerstone in Jane Austen-inspired shows, this adaptation of her popular work features Colin Firth as the incorrigible Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as heroine Elizabeth Bennet. The 6-part miniseries, which ran on the BBC, is available to stream via Hulu.
Lost in Austen (2008)
This series takes a silly approach to Pride and Prejudice by seeing an Austen-obsessed woman named Amanda (Jemima Rooper) swap places with Elizabeth Bennet, filling in for the character just as Mr. Bingley (played by a pre-Sleepy Hollowand pre-WatchmenTom Mison) has arrived in Hertfordshire. Needless to say, when things begin going awry, Austen’s plot is abandoned for some seriously hilarious fantasy-fulfilling shenanigans. You can find the show on Amazon.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
This beloved film — number one in a trilogy spanning 15 years — sees Oscar-winner Renée Zellweger fill the shoes of Bridget Jones, a woman who is far from perfect, but Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy (yes, the same one who played a different Darcy in 1995) likes her just as she is. Throwing in Hugh Grant as a Mr. Wickham figure and you’ve got a modern rom-com worthy of Austen’s influence. Catch all three installments (including Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Bridget Jones’s Baby) on Hulu.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Available on Starz, this gorgeous Oscar-nominated film from Joe Wright is a worthy follow-up to ’95’s miniseries, but this time around Keira Knightley and Succession‘s Matthew Macfadyen fill the lead roles of Elizabeth and Darcy. Set against the stunning English countryside, this adaptation is a feast for the eyes, and it boasts a star-studded cast that includes Donald Sutherland as Mr. Bennet, Rosamund Pike, Carey Mulligan and Jena Malone as Bennet sisters Jane, Kitty and Lydia, as well as Yellowstone‘s Kelly Reilly as Bingley’s insufferable sister Caroline.
Death Comes to Pemberley (2013)
For fans of the crime drama genre, this series inspired by P.D. James’ book continues the story of Pride and Prejudice‘s characters — but with a murder mystery twist. Beloved characters return for this whodunit series which sees Lydia (Jenna Coleman) arrive at the Darcy estate proclaiming “murder.” The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys plays Mr. Darcy, Anna Maxwell Martin plays Elizabeth and Matthew Goode appears as Mr. Wickham in this 3-part series which is available on PBS and via Amazon.
Some tales are truly timeless, and such is the case with most of Jane Austen's extensive library of literature (Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Emma, Mansfield Park and Persuasion, to name a few).
Austen's works have been adapted dozens of times for television and film, whether they reflect the 1800s time period in which they were written or not. Whether full-on modern-day romantic comedies are your cup of tea or traditional dramas tickle your fancy, there's a title for most Austen enthusiasts to enjoy.
Masterpiece elegantly fills out Jane Austen's unfinished final story.
Ranging from 1995 through to 2020, we've gathered six titles you can check out on TV and streaming now. Click through the images to see which shows and films are worth checking out if you're a fan of Austen.