Monday, October 26, 2009

Jane Austen To Present The News

Apparently, Jane Austen appeared on Channel 4 in Britain last week. Here is a link to see the other "historical presenters,"

And here is "Jane":

Jane Austen, Samuel Johnson and John Ruskin to present the news
"The historical characters of Jane Austen, Samuel Johnson and John Ruskin will be reporting on modern society and politics in a series of television broadcasts.

By Urmee Khan, Digital and Media Correspondent
Published: 6:55PM BST 21 Oct 2009

The three giants of 19th century British literature will consider the changes in Britain since they were alive, and comment on the state of the country today.

The ‘news’ reports will be broadcast on More4 News as part of the programmes main news line up.

Dr Samuel Johnson will be interpreted by the broadcaster David Stafford, John Ruskin, the critic, will be played by Professor Bernard Richards, a Ruskin expert at Brasenose College Oxford, and Jane Austen will be performed by Rebecca Vaughan, who wrote and performed in 'Austen's Women' at this year's Edinburgh festival.

Dr Johnson will examine the knowledge economy and learn how to use the internet – which he considers a "truly a remarkable piece of apparatus and a boon to scholarship.

Jane Austen, will consider modern courtship and the waning popularity of marriage. She will talk to young couples at a wedding fair in Essex about whether tax breaks would help boost the institution. She will also observe a speed-dating session where "you can encounter dozens of potential partners in one evening, with no obligations."

The trend to impersonate deceased literary characters has become popular recently, especially on social networking sites.

A Twitter user who impersonates Dr Samuel Johnson, the 18th Century lexicographer and polymath, has become one of the stars of the site.

* The reports will be shown on More4 News from Wednesday to Friday October 21-23 at 8pm, starting tonight with Johnson."

(Article is from The Telegraph)

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