Charlotte Bronts novel Jane Eyre 1847 has been the subject of numerous television and film adaptations. This 1973 fourhour literary version was a BBC television drama serial. It was directed by Joan Craft and starred Sorcha Cusack and Michael Jayston.
Henry Mitchell in aJuly 1982 review for The Washington Post noted of the miniseries that At its best, it sounds like Jane Austen through a glass darkly and that is very good indeed.Richard ShepardsJuly 1982 review for The New York Times was mixed, noting of its highly literary style that the production is impeccably done, to judge from the first part, and appears to be faithful to the book, but perhaps because of this faithfulness it does not catch fire. It is an enactment from the book, and one must judge for oneself whether to honor or deprecate it for its literary fidelity.Shepard offers high praise of the cast, stating that, as its heroine, Sorcha Cusack makes an uncommonly strong, yet reserved, Jane. She is not pretty but has a quiet beauty enhanced by a slight smile and an expression that is attractively quizzical. Her soft voice supplies bridging text from the book between scenes. Michael Jayston is craggily handsome and strong and more theatrical in his portrayal of Rochester, the imperious, troubled master whose service she enters and whose heart she captures. 3