Excessively Diverted Episode 10 – Lost In Austen

Sammi and Beau get a little liberal with the cursing in this episode as they travel along with Amanda Price – all they way back to Longbourn. Join the ladies of Excessively Diverted as they discuss Modern ideas in a Georgian world, and why a life without Lizzy is one they’re just not interested in.

Lost in Austen was directed by Dan Zeff and stars Jemima Rooper, Elliot Cowan, Hugh Bonneville and Alex Kingston



The Good: 

This miniseries is just funny as hell. Jemima Rooper really shows off her comedy chops in this with the help of the effervescent Tom Riley as the most adorable and unexpected Wickham of all time. If you don’t believe me here’s the proof. Aside from the obvious standouts of Rooper and Riley, the cast is excellent. Tom Mison takes an inspired, lovelorn turn as Bingley and Hugh Bonneville and Alex Kingston are perfectly cast as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Christina Cole, though perhaps typecast, is such the ideal “frosty knickers” Caroline Bingley that I’m amazed she’s never played this role before. And let’s not forget Lindsay Duncan as a refined Lady Catherine that still manages to bumble through the last part of the series.

The Bad: 

Look, we’re not in love with the Georgiana/Wickham subplot in this version. Making a young, impressionable character lie about sexual assault out of jealousy is just…not okay.

The Ugly: 

Mister Finger-Sniffing-Through-The-Pants-Zeal-of-the-Lord Collins

Beau grew up in South Carolina but now calls Portland home. She can get by pretty much anywhere as long as she has her books, iPhone and Netflix.

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