PRIDE AND PREJUDICE - Historical Romance Series
Historical Romance Review:
An oldie but a goodie! This 1995 adaptation has definitely stood the test of time. The reason being a brilliant cast coupled with superb performances. Jennifer Ehle portrays Elizabeth Bennet perfectly; it would seem Jane Austen's Elizabeth has magically walked out of the pages of the novel and been conjured to life. Demurely well-mannered when required Elizabeth also possesses a quick wit and intelligence which surface readily when challenged. Her fun-loving nature is revealed to Darcy when he watches her play catch with a great polka dot dog. Colin Firth's depiction of Darcy is outstanding. We are first introduced to Darcy at a country dance, he is so proud and haughty, surveying the crowd with cold superiority, his demeanour a stiff contrast to the easy merriment of those around him.
It is especially refreshing when the story takes us to Darcy's home at Pemberley and we see him in a new light, relaxed and comfortable in his own environment. His residence is very grand and there are two great scenes where Elizabeth enchants Darcy with a song, and Darcy surprises Elizabeth with his appearance after taking a dip in the family lake.
Mrs Bennet's character is irritatingly well played her shrill voice sure to set most viewers on edge. Elizabeth and Mr Bennet share a special rapport, exchanging amused looks as they endure Mrs Bennet's frivolous behaviour. The English countryside is a picturesque setting of rolling green hills, cottages and castles. A thoroughly entertaining series, the five and a half hours fly by...
See Wikipedia: Pride and Prejudice (1995 TV Serial)