Fights and Cleavage was an American TV mini-series set in the early 19th century which had been inspired by novels like Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. (PROSE: Christmas on a Rational Planet)
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
While undercover as the school's caretaker, the Twelfth Doctor corrected what she had written on the board — telling her that the novel was written in 1796, not 1797. He explained that he knew this as he had read the biography in a copy of the book. (TV: The Caretaker) Clara was still teaching the subject during a future term having apparently, in the interim, either met Austen or been informed about the author's kissing ability. (TV: The Magician's Apprentice)
Upon meeting Mary Shelley, Graham O'Brien began quoting the same excerpt, saying "It is a truth universally acknowledged...", but the Thirteenth Doctor stopped him before he got any further, saying "wrong writer". (TV: The Haunting of Villa Diodati).
Behind the scenes Edit
The BBC has made various adaptations of the novel:
- Peter Cushing starred in a 1952 version, which also featured Lawrence Davidson and Stella Wilkinson.
- William Squire, Colin Jeavons, Hamilton Dyce and Jack May featured in a 1958 adaptation.
- A 1967 adaptation had Lewis Fiander, Michael Gough, Lucy Fleming, David Savile, Richard Hampton, Sylvia Coleridge, Maurice Quick, Ralph Katterns and Barbara Leake among its cast.
- Moray Watson, Sabina Franklyn, Edward Arthur, Andrew Johns, Barbara Shelley, Peter Howell and Doreen Mantle featured in the 1980 version, while Christopher Benjamin, Anthony Calf, Roy Holder, Bridget Turner and Laurie Goode appeared in the 1995 version.
Also, Carole Ann Ford had a role in a theatrical adaptation of the novel.