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Pride & Prejudice (1995)   1 comment

Oh, that immortal wet shirt!

Among the many things the Brits are good at, the one I am most grateful to them for is their ability to consistently make quality film and television- particularly costume dramas.

Although there had been a good number of successful film and tv adaptations of classic books before the BBC decided to tackle Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, somehow they all paled into insignificance next to this series which has become the benchmark for all successive adaptations to compare themselves to.

It not only launched Colin Firth’s career as a reluctant pin-up and movie star, but also made Andrew Davies one of the most sought-after script writers in Britain. Add to these elements the talented Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennett, a little unspoken sexual tension between the two leads to keep the audience happy and high-quality film which gave the production a cinematic quality and you had one of the most-watched period dramas of all time.

Most lovers of classic adaptations would consider it to be among their favourites, and for a series that was made more than a decade ago, it has held up remarkably well on subsequent viewings.

For those of you who appreciate well-scripted shows with well-rounded characters in beautiful surroundings, I highly recommend this version of P&P!

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