What?! Nudity in Jane Austen?! Well, it’s here, folks, so let’s ...

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What?! Nudity in Jane Austen?! Well, it’s here, folks, so let’s enjoy it

Mr Knightley gets his kit off in the latest adaption of ‘Emma’. It may be gratuitous, but no one is complaining

Anita Singh

Twenty-five years ago, Colin Firth’s wet shirt scene in Pride and Prejudice broke new ground for Jane Austen heroes.

A new Austen adaptation released in this week goes even further. In the big-screen version of Emma, Mr Knightley is naked.

The character, played by Johnny Flynn, strips off during a scene in which his valet helps him to get dressed. The custodians of Austen’s legacy say the scene is “gratuitous” – and they mean that as a compliment...

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