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    1995 UK VHS cover showing Jennifer Ehle (Elizabeth Bennet) and Colin Firth (Mr Darcy)

    Genre Costume drama

    Based on by Jane Austen

    Screenplay by Andrew Davies

    Directed by Simon Langton

    Starring Jennifer Ehle

    Colin Firth

    Theme music composer Carl Davis

    Country of origin United Kingdom

    Original language English

    No. of series 1 No. of episodes 6 Production

    Producer Sue Birtwistle

    Cinematography John Kenway

    Running time 327 minutes

    Release

    Original network BBC1

    Audio format Stereo

    Original release 24 September –

    29 October 1995

    is a six-episode 1995 British television drama, adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen's 1813 novel of the same name. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth starred as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, respectively. Produced by Sue Birtwistle and directed by Simon Langton, the serial was a BBC production with additional funding from the American A&E Network. BBC1 originally broadcast the 55-minute episodes from 24 September to 29 October 1995. The A&E Network aired the series in double episodes on three consecutive nights beginning 14 January 1996.

    Critically acclaimed and a popular success, was honoured with several awards, including a BAFTA Television Award for Jennifer Ehle for "Best Actress"[1] and an Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special". The role of Mr Darcy elevated Colin Firth to stardom. A scene showing Firth in a wet shirt was recognised as "one of the most unforgettable moments in British TV history".[2] called the adaptation "a witty mix of love stories and social conniving, cleverly wrapped in the ambitions and illusions of a provincial gentry".[3] The series inspired author Helen Fielding to write the popular novels, and their screen adaptations subsequently featured Firth as Bridget's love interest, Mark Darcy.

    Contents

    1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Casting 4 Production

    4.1 Conception and adaptation

    4.2 Filming

    4.3 Costumes and make-up

    4.4 Music and choreography

    5 Themes and style 6 Reception 6.1 Broadcast

    6.2 Home media and merchandise

    6.3 Critical reception

    6.4 Awards and nominations

    7 Influence and legacy

    7.1 Lake scene 7.2 Bridget Jones

    7.3 Other adaptations

    8 References 8.1 Notes 8.2 Bibliography 9 External links

    Plot[edit]

    Episode 1: Mr Charles Bingley, a wealthy gentleman from the north of England, settles down at Netherfield estate near Meryton village in Hertfordshire for the autumn. Mrs Bennet, unlike her husband, is excited at the prospect of marrying off one of her five daughters (Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia) to the newcomer. Bingley takes an immediate liking to Jane at a local country dance, while his best friend Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, rumoured to be twice as rich, refuses to dance with anyone, including Elizabeth. Elizabeth's poor impression of his character is confirmed at a later gathering at Lucas Lodge, and she and Darcy verbally clash on the two nights she spends at Netherfield, caring for the sick Jane who fell ill after riding in the rain.Episode 2: Mr William Collins, a sycophantic dimwitted clergyman, visits his cousins, the Bennets. As Mr and Mrs Bennett do not have a son, he is the entailed heir of their home and estate, Longbourn. He intends to marry a Bennet daughter as an act of benign goodwill, to reassure Mrs Bennet that she and her unwed daughters would not be rendered homeless once Mr Collins inherits the estate. He therefore invites himself for a two-week visit to get to know the Bennets better and select a daughter to marry. However, the Bennet girls judge Mr Collins to be a rather ridiculous man, an "oddity" with many peculiarities of speech and deportment. They nevertheless treat him civilly and take him to balls and social events in Meryton. One day, while on a walk around Meryton village, they meet members of a newly arrived militia regiment, including Mr George Wickham. At a social event, Wickham befriends Elizabeth and says that his father was the steward for Darcy's late father, and that he originally planned to join the clergy. However, Darcy denied Wickham the "living" (a curacy) that Mr Darcy's father promised him. At a ball at Netherfield, Darcy asks Elizabeth to dance, which she grudgingly but politely accepts. Mrs Bennet tells Mr Collins that she expects Jane to soon be engaged, so he instead proposes to Elizabeth. She resoundingly rejects him. While Mrs Bennet reacts angrily to Elizabeth's decision, her close friend, Charlotte Lucas, invites Mr Collins to visit at Lucas Lodge.Episode 3: Elizabeth is stunned and appalled to learn that Charlotte Lucas has accepted Mr Collins' marriage proposal. When the Netherfield party departs for London in autumn, Jane stays with her modest London relatives, the Gardiners, but she soon notices that the Bingleys ignore her. After befriending Mr Wickham, Elizabeth departs for the Collins' home in Kent in the spring to visit Charlotte. They live near Rosings, the estate of the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Darcy's aunt. Elizabeth meets Darcy several times. Elizabeth learns of Darcy's direct responsibility for Jane and Bingley's separation. Soon after, Darcy unexpectedly tells her that he admires her and loves her, so much that in spite of her greatly inferior social standing, he proposes marriage. Elizabeth flatly rejects him, noting his arrogant, disagreeable, and proud character, and for his part in her sister's failed romance and Mr Wickham's misfortune.

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    Pride and Prejudice (TV Mini Series 1995)

    Pride and Prejudice: With Jennifer Ehle, Colin Firth, Susannah Harker, Julia Sawalha. 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.

    Episode guide 6

    Pride and Prejudice

    TV Mini Series 1995 TV-PG 5h 27m

    Play trailer1:21 3 VIDEOS 60 PHOTOS Drama Romance

    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.

    8.8 /10 84K 870 150 Top credits 462 User reviews 18 Critic reviews See more at IMDbPro Top rated TV #57

    Won 1 Primetime Emmy

    9 wins & 13 nominations total

    Episodes

    6 TOP-RATED Sun, Oct 29, 1995 S1.E6 Episode #1.6

    After Lydia is married, she and Wickham come to Longbourn for a visit before joining Wickham's new regiment in the North. She is as silly as ever and very proud of her success in catching Wickham, even offering to get husbands for her sisters. But she accidentally lets slip that Darcy was at her wedding. Elizabeth writes to Mrs Gardiner for an explanation.

    8.8 /10 TOP-RATED Sun, Oct 15, 1995 S1.E4 Episode #1.4

    Angry and upset over his rejection, Darcy decides to defend himself. He waylays her on her morning walk, hands her a letter and leaves. The contents leave Elizabeth reeling. Darcy indeed had good cause for his behavior towards Wickham, but Elizabeth can only shake her head in sorrow and disagreement as she reads that, when he separated Bingley from Jane, he believed her to be indifferent to him.

    Videos

    8.6 /10 BROWSE EPISODES Top-rated 1 Season 1995 3

    Trailer 1:21 Pride And Prejudice

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    Photos

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    Colin Firth Mr Darcy 6 eps • 1995

    Jennifer Ehle Elizabeth Bennet 6 eps • 1995

    Susannah Harker Jane Bennet 6 eps • 1995

    Julia Sawalha Lydia Bennet 6 eps • 1995 Alison Steadman Mrs. Bennet 6 eps • 1995 Benjamin Whitrow Mr. Bennet 6 eps • 1995

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    Mr Bingley 6 eps • 1995 Polly Maberly Kitty Bennet 6 eps • 1995 Lucy Briers Mary Bennet 6 eps • 1995 Anna Chancellor Miss Bingley 6 eps • 1995 Lucy Robinson Mrs Hurst 6 eps • 1995 Adrian Lukis Wickham… 5 eps • 1995 David Bamber Mr Collins 5 eps • 1995 Lucy Scott Charlotte Lucas 5 eps • 1995 Lucy Davis Maria Lucas 5 eps • 1995 Emilia Fox Georgiana Darcy 4 eps • 1995 Marlene Sidaway Hill… 4 eps • 1995 Barbara Leigh-Hunt

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    Awards And Honors: Academy Award (2011) Academy Award (2011): Actor in a Leading Role Golden Globe Award (2011): Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

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    Colin Firth, in full Colin Andrew Firth, (born September 10, 1960, Grayshott, Hampshire, England), British actor especially known for his portrayals of aloof characters who gradually shed their reserve to become emotionally available, notably Mr. Darcy in a television adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1995) and the future king George VI in The King’s Speech (2010).

    Firth’s parents were teachers, and the family moved frequently, living in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He acted in school plays, and in 1980 he was accepted to the Drama Centre London (now part of the University of Arts London and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design). Three years later he made his West End debut, portraying a character based on the British spy Guy Burgess in the play Another Country. In 1984 Firth starred in the film adaptation, though he was cast in a different role. Over the next decade Firth worked steadily, appearing in numerous stage, movie, and television productions. In 1988 he received critical praise for the TV film Tumbledown, in which he portrayed a Scottish soldier who is injured during the Falkland Islands War and endures a difficult recovery. The role earned Firth his first British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award nomination. Notable feature films from this period included Apartment Zero (1988), Valmont (1989), and Circle of Friends (1995).

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    Despite his numerous credits, Firth did not receive his major breakthrough until he appeared as Fitzwilliam Darcy in the television miniseries Pride and Prejudice (1995). His portrayal of a repressed aristocrat whose haughtiness hides his growing affection for Elizabeth Bennet earned Firth a devoted following. A series of acclaimed films followed, including The English Patient (1996) and Shakespeare in Love (1998), both of which earned an Academy Award for best picture. In 2001 Firth garnered further attention as Mark Darcy in the romantic comedy Bridget Jones’s Diary, an adaptation of Helen Fielding’s best-selling novel. That character, an uptight lawyer who falls in love with the title character (played by Renée Zellweger), was based on Austen’s Mr. Darcy. Firth reprised the role in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) and Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016).

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    Judi Dench and Colin Firth in Shakespeare in Love (1998).

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    Firth continued to display his versatility in such films as Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), in which he starred as the 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer; the family film Nanny McPhee (2005); and the box-office hit Mamma Mia! (2008), a musical based on the songs of ABBA. In Tom Ford’s 2009 adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s novel A Single Man, he portrayed a gay professor who, following the death of his lover, displays a stoic front while contemplating suicide. The role earned Firth his first Oscar nomination, and he won his first BAFTA Award. He received further acclaim with the historical drama The King’s Speech (2010), starring as Prince Albert (eventually King George VI) of Great Britain, who enlists the aid of an eccentric speech therapist (played by Geoffrey Rush) to overcome a debilitating stutter. Firth garnered numerous accolades for his poignant performance, including an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award.

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    After playing a slick Texas businessman in the small-town drama Main Street (2010), Firth took the role of a British intelligence agent suspected of treason in the 2011 film adaptation of John le Carré’s novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. In the dark comedy Arthur Newman (2012), he starred as a discontented family man who fakes his death and embarks on a journey under an assumed identity. He played a former World War II prisoner of war who goes in search of the Japanese interpreter who tortured him in The Railway Man (2013), based on a memoir. Firth then evinced the husband of a woman (played by Nicole Kidman) who loses her memory in the thriller Before I Go to Sleep (2014). He deployed his starchy diction and composure to comic effect as a spy in the thriller parody Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and the franchise’s second installment, Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017).

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