Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte -
a new drama adaptation for BBC ONE
Wilson (Jane Eyre) and Toby Stephens (Edward Rochester) head up an all-star cast in a passionate new version of the much-adored classic Jane
Eyre for BBC
The four-part serial also stars Francesca Annis as Lady Ingram, Christina
Cole as Blanche Ingram, Lorraine Ashbourne as Mrs Fairfax, Pam
Ferris as Grace Poole and Tara Fitzgerald as Mrs Reed.
Georgie Henley, who recently starred in the Christmas
blockbuster The Chronicles of Narnia, plays young Jane while Aidan
McArdle plays the visionary John Eshton. The drama is currently filming
entirely on location in Derbyshire.
Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, says: "Sandy
Welch's wonderful version of Jane Eyre for BBC ONE will add that special ingredient to the mix
of dramas due for transmission this autumn, which includes the new series of Robin
Hood; Lizzie Mickery and Dan Percival's
conspiracy thriller, State
Wainwright's heart-warming series The
Amazing Mrs Pritchard plus Russell
Torchwood for BBC
The sustainability and appeal of Jane Eyre lies in her universality and the audience's
appetite for a well-told romantic tale.
Orphaned at a young age, Jane (Ruth Wilson) is placed
with her wealthy aunt Mrs Reed (Tara Fitzgerald) who neglects Jane
in favour of her own three spoiled children.
Mrs Reed's spitefulness leads her to withhold news
that could change Jane's life for the better.
Instead she brands her a liar and sends Jane to Lowood
School where she remains until the age of 19.
When she finally leaves
the dark memories of Lowood behind, she embarks on a career
as a governess and her first position is at Thornfield Hall, the
home of the alluring and unpredictable Edward Rochester.
into the world and as a woman begins.
Producer Diederick Santer says: "In her brand new adaptation
of Jane Eyre, Sandy Welch has mined Bronte's novel for every ounce of passion,
drama, colour, madness and horror available, bringing to life Jane's inner world
with beauty, humour and at times great sadness.
"The locations we have chosen are stormy and majestic
and I hope that Sandy's original take on the story will be enjoyed
as much by long-term fans of the book as by those who have never
Filming is underway until June at the historical medieval castle Haddon Hall,
owned by Lord Edward Manners, and other locations across Derbyshire.
Jane Eyre is adapted by Sandy Welch (North and South,
Magnificent Seven), directed by Susanna White (Bleak House) and the
Executive Producer is Phillippa Giles.