BBC Classics: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Volvo-driving, tweed-wearing, public TV fans rejoice: Warner Home Video-distributed BBC Video is set to unveil a new line called BBC Classics, giving a home to digitally remastered titles from the company's catalog. The budget-priced line (suggested retail of about $15 to $20) will hit stores on Aug. 24, with the release of six titles based on the works of Jane Austen.
Future titles will include such costume dramas as "Jane Eyre" starring Timothy Dalton and "Middlemarch" with Rufus Sewell, both set for release next spring. The programs in this first batch originally aired between 1972 and 1997. BBC Video vp Burton Cromer said the company hopes to attract a whole new audience to these titles with their release at an attractive price point on DVD.
While many of the female, slightly older-skewing viewers who make up the core audience for such programs on PBS now have DVDs, BBC is counting on other groups such as college-age viewers and families to further boost sales.