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Pride and Prejudice 

While the arrival of wealthy gentlemen sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.
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Top Rated TV #36 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Jennifer Ehle ...  Elizabeth Bennet 6 episodes, 1995
Colin Firth ...  Mr Darcy 6 episodes, 1995
Susannah Harker ...  Jane Bennet 6 episodes, 1995
Julia Sawalha ...  Lydia Bennet 6 episodes, 1995
Alison Steadman ...  Mrs. Bennet 6 episodes, 1995
Benjamin Whitrow ...  Mr. Bennet 6 episodes, 1995
Crispin Bonham-Carter ...  Mr Bingley 6 episodes, 1995
Polly Maberly ...  Kitty Bennet 6 episodes, 1995
Lucy Briers Lucy Briers ...  Mary Bennet 6 episodes, 1995
Anna Chancellor ...  Miss Bingley 6 episodes, 1995
Lucy Robinson ...  Mrs Hurst 6 episodes, 1995
Adrian Lukis Adrian Lukis ...  Wickham / ... 5 episodes, 1995
David Bamber ...  Mr Collins 5 episodes, 1995
Lucy Scott ...  Charlotte Lucas 5 episodes, 1995
Lucy Davis ...  Maria Lucas 5 episodes, 1995
Emilia Fox ...  Georgiana Darcy 4 episodes, 1995
Marlene Sidaway ...  Hill / ... 4 episodes, 1995
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ...  Lady Catherine de Bourgh 4 episodes, 1995
Tim Wylton Tim Wylton ...  Mr. Gardiner 4 episodes, 1995
Rupert Vansittart ...  Mr Hurst 4 episodes, 1995
Joanna David ...  Mrs. Gardiner 4 episodes, 1995
Nadia Chambers Nadia Chambers ...  Miss Anne de Bourgh 4 episodes, 1995
David Bark-Jones David Bark-Jones ...  Lt. Denny 4 episodes, 1995
Lynn Farleigh ...  Mrs Phillips / ... 4 episodes, 1995
Christopher Benjamin ...  Sir William Lucas 4 episodes, 1995
Roger Barclay ...  Capt. Carter 4 episodes, 1995
Kate O'Malley Kate O'Malley ...  Sarah, the maid / ... 3 episodes, 1995
Norma Streader ...  Lady Lucas 3 episodes, 1995
Paul Moriarty Paul Moriarty ...  Col. Forster 3 episodes, 1995
Victoria Hamilton ...  Mrs Forster 3 episodes, 1995
Anthony Calf ...  Colonel Fitzwilliam 3 episodes, 1995
Sarah Legg Sarah Legg ...  Hannah 2 episodes, 1995
Annabel Taylor Annabel Taylor ...  Maggie, the maid 2 episodes, 1995
Harriet Eastcott Harriet Eastcott ...  Mrs Jenkinson / ... 2 episodes, 1995
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Melvyn Tan Melvyn Tan ...  Forte Piano played by 2 episodes, 1995
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Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1996 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Orgullo y prejuicio See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Ehle (who played Elizabeth Bennet) is an American. She was born in North Carolina. See more »

Goofs

In the opening titles, one of the make-up artists is named as "Jennny Eades", but this is changed to the more usual spelling for "Jenny" in the final credits. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Bennet: The more I see of the world, the less inclined I am to think well of it.
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Soundtracks

Pride and Prejudice
(Opening title music)
Composed by Carl Davis
Performed by Melvyn Tan
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Doing justice to Jane Austen.
23 May 2005 | by keng5See all my reviews

This is a drama to rave about. I've not seen its like on television before; nor do I expect to see its like again. It was superb. It was almost perfect - though not quite.

It is rare to find a Jane Austen dramatisation that comes so near to being perfect on every level and that stays so true to the original novel. The greater part of the dialogue in the series is Jane Austen's own and every scene is included and follows the same chronological order. The drama departs from the novel in only two instances. In order to extend our knowledge of the characters of Darcy(Colin Firth), and Mr Collins(David Bamber), two scenes are added; to demonstrate that Darcy is not just an effete aristocrat but a real man worthy of Elizabeth's love we are shown him indulging in manly pursuits; fencing, and swimming in his private lake (it puzzles me why so many women seem to drool over his wet-shirt scene); and to demonstrate that Mr Collins is an idiotic, narrow- minded prude we are shown him trembling with embarrassment and horror when he happens to come across Lydia (Julia Sawalha) in a state of dishabille. David Bamber makes Mr Collins deliciously toadying and obsequious. A remarkable piece of acting.

It is its faithfulness to the original that makes this drama so good. No one has ever written a more tightly plotted novel. Its series of climaxes make the novel difficult to put down; just as one plot-line reaches its climactic conclusion, another is building. And the duel of wits and sharp dialogue between Darcy and Elizabeth (Jennifer Ehle) as they get to know each other is entrancing. And then comes that moment. She is at the piano befriending Darcy's sister, Georgiana (Emilia Fox), when he holds her gaze with a silent declaration of his love and admiration. This involved a fine piece of editor-timing; a split second either way, either too long or too short, and the poignancy of that moment would have been lost. It is interesting to compare Colin Firth's Darcy with that of Lawrence Olivier's Darcy in the Hollywood film. Olivier falsely portraits him as appealingly shy and self-conscious. But Darcy was in no way shy, he was just proud, with every reason to have a good opinion of himself. He found it impossible to imagine that anyone in a lower strata of society, living in a small provincial town, could be his equal - until he met Elizabeth!

However, I felt there was one weak link in the chain of superb acting; Alison steadman. Many will disagree but I think she over-acted, turning her Mrs Bennet into a nerve- grating, neurasthenic caricature. But apart from that, I heartily recommend this video. Don't miss it. You'll not see its like again. I must just mention the charming piano music by Carl Davis, so beautifully evocative of a beautiful period in history (for the rich).


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