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As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we highlight our ‘top pick’ each week to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

This week, to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, the BBC is showing two special programmes, plus Cary Joji Fukuaga’s 2011 film adaptation of Jane Eyre.


Our Pick of the Week is Being the BrontësBBC2 26 March 9pm which explores the life and times of the author and her siblings.

From the BBC:

“To mark the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth, Martha Kearney, novelist Helen Oyeyemi and journalist Lucy Mangan travel to Haworth Parsonage, the home of Charlotte and her sisters Emily and Anne, to discover the inspiration behind their classic novels Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey.”


This is followed directly by the 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre, BBC2 10pm. On Easter Sunday BBC4 will be showing The Brontë’s at the BBC (8pm), a look back at the different ways their novels have been interpreted in dramas and documentaries over the last 60 years.

Finally, Radio 4’s series  of stories celebrating the bicentenary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth,  “Reader, I married Him” concludes this week.  Olivia Hallinan reads Elizabeth Kuti’s twist on the ending of Jane Eyre.  ( 27 March 7.45pm Radio 4). Previous episodes are available on iPlayer Radio


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