This is the best adaptation of Jane Eyre that I have ever viewed! The chemistry between Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson is outstanding. Toby Stephens, who mostly works in theatre, really brings a refreshing approach to Rochester. In the beginning, he seems so hard and cold. And yet, in another scene, as he baits and flirts with Jane, you are drawn in by his charm. You can clearly see the agony on his face, as he tests Jane to see if she truly loves him. Ruth Wilson, a relative newcomer to acting, is the perfect combination of plain determination and heartfelt sorrow. Her pain is clearly expressed through her words and facial expressions, and I would be amazed if other people did not reach for their tissues as I did, on more that one occasion. They took their time with this production and you can really see the changes in both Rochester and Jane, as they realize that they have found their true soulmate.
Once again, the BBC did not skimp on production value. The sets, costumes and landscapes are perfect and beautiful. Thornfield Hall is both beautiful and sinister at the same time. The rest of the cast is wonderful, especially Mrs. Fairfax and the mysterious Grace Poole.
I cannot wait to receive my copy so that I may watch it again! And again!