Normally I'm not a big fan of Jane Eyre. I find the book boring, full of Victorian moralising strangely mixed with Victorian feminism. Yet, like everybody else, I watched several screen adaptations of the novel.
The one from 1983 with Timothy Dalton is considered more or less a classic one, at least for our generation, as there were plenty of screen versions made before including several Indian ones. Then there was the one from 1996 which my friend loved and many many others. The story stays popular for some reason, may be because there is so little quality romance produced by contemporary authors.
Anyway, recently I watched the BBC 2006 mini series for the second time and I really enjoyed it. First, I liked the actors. Second, I liked the fact that unlike the other two adaptations they chose not to lay the accent on the general horribleness of Victorian society, or the hypocrisy of the clergy, or how disgusting all the wealthy people are.
The 2006 version chiefly concentrates on the relationship between Jane and Mr Rochester and its development. It even manages to tone down the famous "feminist" monologue of Jane so instead of her proclaiming herself his equal in everything she becomes his social equal which is more or less true since she comes from a "good" family and has a decent education.
The only minus point I could find is that they omitted the fact that Mr Rochester partially regained his eyesight in the end which made him less dependent on Jane, but if you know the story it's not a problem. In short, I find 2006 Jane Eyre a quality production and would recommend it to anyone.
P.S. While watching it I pondered on the fact that when Jane ran away from Rochester and nearly died she literally chose death over the dishonour of being his mistress. Honour for Victorians wasn't just an empty word and you can see it reflected in literature of the times. While nowadays, young women openly cohabit with men and nobody turns an eye, least of all their parents. Just as Victorians were idealistic we appear to only be concerned with material things. It's a strange world we live in...