Someone was bound to notice the similarity between Olivia Williams and Greta Scacchi sooner or later. Here they play Jane and her older sister Cassandra. In this episode of Austen’s life she comes to regret some of the things she has written because those in her orbit insist on repeating them back to her in an attempt to explain her state of penury. Her declining health is as nothing compared with the anger of her mother towards her for refusing a money match twenty years earlier and now she herself is attempting to guide her twenty year old niece to something approaching a marriage based on love. This is smart, subtle and entertaining and a sure sign that the Austen industry is far from done.