Austen doc in the news

Our upcoming documentary about a previously unseen portrait of Jane Austen hit the global news today. It began with Austen biographer Dr. Paula Byrne appearing on Radio 4′s Today programme this morning to describe her investigation into whether an unusual drawn portrait really does capture the face of one of the world’s greatest writers. Seneca has spent the last few months documenting Paula’s journey for a BBC2 documentary.

Will the picture stand up to forensic analysis and scrutiny by art historians and Austen experts? And if it does, how might it change our perception of one of Britains most revered writers? Jane Austen: The Unseen Portrait? (9pm, Mon 26 Dec, BBC Two) follows the investigation behind one of the literary worlds most exciting artworks.

Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two:Jane Austen: The Unseen Portrait? will sit at the heart of our Christmas schedule and will be a fascinating chance for the BBC Two audience to delve deeper into the life of one of Britains best-loved authors.

An interview with Dr Paula Byrnes featured in the Christmas edition of the Radio Times which goes on sale today. The news has been reported in The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Guardian, BBC World News, New York Times and Toronto Star.

Presented by: Martha Kearney

Camera: Nick Plowright; Sound: Tim Watts; Production Manager: Linda Stradling; Associate Producer: Lucy Evans; Editor: Philippa Daniel; Producer: Joe Evans; Executive Producer for the BBC: Adam Barker

Executive Producer: Liz Hartford

Produced and Directed by Neil Crombie

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