TV/Screencaps: Andrew Buchan in “Jane Eyre”

2 July, 2010 at 1:25 pm 3 comments

Hot, hot, hot. No, not Andrew Buchan in “Jane Eyre”; I’m talking about the weather. 36°!  Please send very cold thoughts the way of crew and cast of “Garrow’s Law” next week. Those poor souls have to put on robes, coats and wigs; they’ll probably melt within two minutes.

Now, who could possibly do serious research under such conditions? Not me. So, rather than a book review or interesting facts about the mating-rites of dungbeetles in the 18th century, here are some screencaps of Andrew Buchan as St. John Rivers in the 2006 adaptation of “Jane Eyre”.

Confession-time of a literature ignoramus: I don’t like “Jane Eyre”. It was one of the least-liked books of my childhood, though I couldn’t tell you what irks me so much about the story. Too much suffering and tearful gazes, I suppose – the character I liked best was Rochester’s dog, and I felt sorry for his wife. I guess I missed the point.

Anyway.

“Jane Eyre” was a BBC mini series, in which Andrew Buchan played the uptight missionary St. John Rivers. He does so with all the awkwardness and sad beagle looks that the role requires. Aidan McArdle is in there somewhere as well, so it’s almost a small “Garrow’s Law” meeting.

Unfortunately Ruth Wilson (who plays Jane Eyre) bears a truly uncanny resemblance to James D’Arcy, so all I could think while taking caps was:

For those who like “Jane Eyre”: this adaptation is actually very good, why not give it a try? Ruth Wildon does a good job on the title role, and Toby Stephens (the son of Sir Robert Stephens and Dame Maggie Smith) delivers a solid and suitably rogueish Rochester.

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  • 1. Viktorslady  |  11 July, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Thanks for those screencaps! SinJohn is a difficult character (really a man of his time as well, I think) and he’s even stranger in the book – I think they tried to tone it down for the TV series – not making him so scary. In the book he is about 10 years older than Jane, but in the TV version it seems almost like the other way round – she seems like an older sister to him. I don’t know what they mean by “half-cousins” though – that bugged me. Surely they are full cousins (is there any other kind?)

    I don’t know about the James D’arcy resemblance but I was distracted by Ruth Wilson’s lips while watching this. It seems to happen a lot with actresses these days. Giant lips. But hers are like a duck-bill, so I had to keep saying “quack” and giggling.

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    • 2. Ann tornabene  |  1 November, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      You’re such a fucking idiot

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  • 3. Elaine Clayton  |  6 August, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I love JANE EYRE so much, and all the Jane Austin novels as well, that I’ve started to do my own kitschy, campy films about these novels. If you’d like to see JANE EYRE: SCENES FROM MY LIFE, you can go to my website or to:

    I’m just another huge fan of these novels and period piece films.
    Thanks,
    Elaine Clayton

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