Pride and Prejudice (BBC-1 1995, Jennifer Ehle, Colin Firth)

This adaptation of Jane Austen’s compelling love story captivates with its vitality, humour and passion. In a society which believes that an unmarried woman’s sole occupation should be to secure an advantageous marriage, bright and witty Elizabeth Bennet stands out.

Although she has no intention of attracting the rich and handsome Mr Darcy, her lively mind and spirited nature soon have this effect. Darcy’s unbearable pride, however, repels Elizabeth, and she hastily rejects him. Only when events in the Bennet house lead to near tragedy, does Elizabeth realise that her own prejudiced first impressions have prevented her from seeing Darcy’s true character.

This is probably the most famous of the various versions thanks to a sexy script by Andrew Davies and a dashing D’Arcy.

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The locations were in England at the following places:
Rosings (int/ext) was at Belton House, Grantham, Lincs.
Hunsford was Old Rectory, Teigh Oakham, Leics.
Pemberley (ext only) was Lyme Park, near Stockport, Cheshire
Pemberley (int only) was Sudbury Hall, Sudbury, Derbys.
Longbourne was Luckington Court
Netherfield (The Ball) was Brocket Hall, Welwyn, Herts.
Netherfield (int/ext) was Edgcote Hall, Near Banbury, Oxon
Street Scenes were filmed at Lacock near Chippenham, Wilts.
Lambton Inn (Ext) was in Chapel Street, Longnor, near Buxton, Derbys.

production details
UK | BBC One / 6×50 minutes | Broadcast 24 September – 29 October 1995

Writer: Andrew Davies
Script Editor: Susie Conklin
Design: Gerry Scott
Costume: Dinah Collin
Executive Producer: Michael Wearing
Producer: Sue Birtwhistle
Director: Simon Langton

Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet
Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy
Susannah Harker as Jane Bennet
Crispin Bonham-Carter as Charles Bingley
Benjamin Whitrow as Mr. Bennet
Alison Steadman as Mrs. Bennet
Adrian Lukis as Mr. Wickham
Julia Sawalha as Lydia Bennet
Barbara Leigh-Hunt as Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Lucy Davis as Maria Lucas
Emilia Fox as Georgiana Darcy
Anthony Calf as Colonel Fitzwilliam
Victoria Hamilton as Mrs. Forster
Lucy Scott as Charlotte Lucas
Lucy Briers as Mary Bennet
Anna Chancellor as Caroline Bingley
Joanna David as Mrs. Gardiner
Nadia Chambers as
Polly Maberly as Kitty Bennet
Tim Wylton as Mr. Gardiner
David Bamber as Mr. William Collins
Lucy Robinson as Louisa Hurst
Marlene Sidaway as Hill
Rupert Vansittart as Mr. Hurst
Lynn Farleigh as Mrs. Phillips
Christopher Benjamin as Sir William Lucas
Roger Barclay as Capt. Carter
Christopher Staines as Lt. Sanderson
Tom Ward as Lt. Chamberlayne

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