The series is so bad that I don’t even feel like ranting anymore, but there is some good news. According to TV Ratings published by Guardian:
TV chef Ainsley Harriott’s trawl through his family history helped BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are? beat ITV1’s drama Lost in Austen again.
The genealogy show pulled in 6.4 million viewers and a 29% share in the 9pm hour, while the second instalment of Lost in Austen attracted 3.1 million and 14% in the same slot.
Last week, Who Do You Think You Are? drew 6.2 million viewers and a 27% share, with the first part of Lost in Austen gaining 3.8 million and 17%.
Since the show started with 4.2 million viewers last week (several hundred thousand of them couldn’t withstand more than 15 minutes) it lost over million viewers so far. Guy Andrews might have missed one point about the book. There’s plethora of love stories all over the world. Austen was neither the first nor the last author to write one. What makes people appreciate Pride and Prejudice so much is not just the Beatrice&Benedick love-hate relationship or the Cinderella outcome. It’s the brilliant way in which Austen sketched her characters and let them reveal in front of us till we knew there could be no better suited couple in the world. Take the characters out and you have a mediocre story.
Andrews might have stuffed the plot with Benny-Hillish jokes about lippies and reality shows, but this series has nothing more to recommend it. There’s no couple to cheer, because, frankly, who cares for Amanda’s love life? The girl makes me cringe no less than their creepy Mr. Collins.
By the same Andrews took out Darcy, because, of course Austen’s Darcy, whose intelligence and taste we came to esteem so much, would never fall for Amanda, who seems a somewhat younger and more embarrassing version of Mrs. Bennet. Once this Darcy falls for what captured Mr. Bennet twenty years earlier I don’t even want to see him anywhere near Lizzy, and I could care less whether he ends up with Amanda. Andrews ruined the angst he hoped to build before we even got to this part of the story.
This show is a fanfiction, and a bad fanfiction at that, and with the characters missing there’s nothing more to keep viewers’ interest. With recognisable Darcy and Elizabeth in it we might at least reach to Austen to fill in the gaps.
Let’s hope that it’ll discourage other TV stations from following Andrews’s steps. Some lessons are more expensive than others, but sometimes someone covers the costs for us. Thank you, ITV!
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