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Pride and Prejudice: Part 1 (S1EP1 BBC One 24 Sep 1995, Alison Steadman)

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Part 1: The Bennets have five daughters, all without dowries, so they have limited chances of marrying. Then the rich Charles Bingley arrives in the district and takes a keen interest in Jane Bennet. At Bingley’s house, Jane’s sharp-tongued sister Elizabeth sees more of his friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy – but she finds him too arrogant for her.

Regular Cast: Colin Firth (Fitzwilliam Darcy), Jennifer Ehle (Elizabeth Bennet), Alison Steadman (Mrs Bennet), Julia Sawalha (Lydia Bennet), Benjamin Whitrow (Mr Bennet), Susannah Harker (Jane Bennet), Polly Maberly (Kitty Bennet), Lucy Briers (Mary Bennet), Anna Chancellor (Miss Bingley), Crispin Bonham-Carter (Mr Bingley), Rupert Vansittart (Mr Hurst), Lucy Robinson (Mrs Louisa Hurst), Lynne Farleigh (Mrs Phillips), Barbara Leigh-Hunt (Lady Catherine De Bourgh), Adrian Lukis (George Wickham), Lucy Scott (Charlotte Lucas), Christopher Benjamin (Sir William Lucas), Nadia Chambers (Miss Anne De Bourgh), Emilia Fox (Georgina Darcy)

Guest Cast: Norma Streader, Lucy Davis, David Bark-Jones, Paul Moriarty, Victoria Hamilton, Christopher Staines, Roger Barclay, Marlene Sidaway

Writer: Andrew Davies / Director: Simon Langton

Airdate: 24 Sep 1995 on BBC One Two

Series: Pride and Prejudice Season 1 Episode 1

Show Info: Period drama serial. In the 19th century, strong willed Elizabeth Bennett falls in love with the dashing Fitzwilliam D’Arcy. This is probably the most famous of the various versions thanks to a sexy script by Andrew Davies and a dashing D’Arcy.