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Olde-Time Romance

PBS reality show attempts to keep chivalry alive -- ''Regency House Party'' brings modern-day singles back to the days of Jane Austen to find love

It's ''The Bachelor'' -- in breeches! PBS has snagged the rights to a reality show sure to make Mr. Darcy fans swoon. Already a modest hit in England, ''Regency House Party'' (which will air this November) follows 12 modern-day single Brits who must pitch woo a la Jane Austen, flirting and scheming their way into advantageous relationships according to early-19th-century rules. And yes, there's a ''bed checker'' to prevent any 21st-century-type hanky-panky. ''House Party,'' which comes from the folks behind the net's time-traveling ''House'' series (most recent: the 1628-set ''Colonial House''), ''is more fun and frolicky,'' says executive producer Jody Sheff. ''Instead of putting families into dire-straits situations, this is more about 'Can these singles hook up and actually survive in the summer of 1811?''' Call it the summer of very proper love.

Originally posted Jun 11, 2004 Published in issue #768 Jun 04, 2004 Order article reprints

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