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Persuasion is an adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel of the same name published in 1818. The TV-film premiered on 1 April 2007 on the UK channel ITV at 9pm, as part of their Jane Austen Season. It was filmed at Bath, Lyme, and Dorset, UK, in September 2006.

The film is directed by Adrian Shergold, with Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones as the leads.



Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth. Eight years prior to the film's beginning, Anne – at the age of 19 – was engaged to Wentworth. However, her father Sir Walter Elliot and especially the family friend Lady Russell persuaded Anne in breaking off the engagement. Despite mutual feelings on both sides, Wentworth was not considered worthy enough in rank and wealth.

Eight years later, due to the careless spending of Sir Walter and his eldest daughter Elizabeth, the family is in financial difficulties. Therefore, the Elliot family residence, Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, has to be let out. Suitable renters are soon found in Admiral Croft and his wife. Mrs Croft is the sister of Frederick Wentworth, who has risen to Captain in the meantime and has become rich while serving in the Royal Navy.

While her elder sister Elizabeth and her father Sir Walter set off for their new residence in Bath, Anne is left to take care of further business in Somersetshire, including taking care of her hypochondriac sister Mary Musgrove, married to Charles Musgrove and living in a nearby estate.

Before she joins her father in Bath, Anne and Wentworth, on one of his visits to his sister Mrs Croft, meet once again. While staying with her sister Mary, Anne and Captain Wentworth are bound to meet frequently. Thereby, she has to witness Captain Wentworth's advances towards Charles Musgrove's young and lively sisters, especially to Louisa and wonders if he will ever forgive her or even love her again.

Eventually Anne goes to Bath, and becomes subject to the attentions of the young man who will inherit her fathers' wealth and title. He proposes to Anne, who declines, as she is still in love with Wentworth. Upon hearing news of the proposal, Wentworth decides to leave town. Fortunately Anne hears of this and runs to find him. On her way, her good friend informs her that the young man who wants her hand only wants the title he will get when her father dies, and is currently courting the young lady whom it seemed Anne's father might marry. Anne eventually finds Wentworth, and they kiss on the street. The movie skips to Anne and Wentworth in a carriage, Anne blindfolded. When he takes it off she is standing in front of her house. Wentworth tells her that it is an early wedding present. The film ends with Wentworth and Anne standing in front of their new home, dancing.


  • Adrian Shergold was nominated as best director for a BAFTA TV Award in 2007.
  • Sally Hawkins' portrayal of Anne Elliot won her both the Monte-Carlo TV Festival Award as well as the Royal Television Society Award (UK) in 2007.

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