BBC Series

The series is compost from 6 episodes, each episode is long around 50 minutes (they do say that the whole series is 300 minutes). The first episode aired on 24th September 1995 and the last on 29th October 1995.

The genre that his miniseries is part of it's romance and drama, as the novel.

Episode Guide

I will divide this part as telling the story, in “episodes”. This way there will be told both, the story and the plot, aside the division in the episodes.

Episode 1: The first two scenes that we see in the beginning is Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley on the horses talking about stuff, and then we see a girl running down the way, finding latter that that’s Elizabeth Bennet. And that’s the beginning. We get introduced to the Bennet Family, the father, the mother and five daughters, all of them un-married – which brings out their mother’s ambition, to get them married. The first episode is all about the fact that two rich bachelors arrived in town, and Mrs. Bennet will do everything to push at least one of her female children in their arms.
The Bennet family meets Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy at a ball in Meryton, where Mr.Bingley and Jane Bennet (the oldest one) have this love at first sight, while Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet start it on the wrong foot – Mr. Darcy has the audacity to say that Elizabeth is “tolerable” but “not handsome enough to tempt”, which naturally she overhears… and her it starts the prejudice part and pride part.
After this misfortunate moment, Jane is invited to Netherfield, and she gets a cold there. So Elizabeth decides she must see how she does feel and decides to go walking till there, where arriving at the estate she meets Mr. Darcy, who is quite shocked that she walked all that way and probably his inner battles begin. He is falling for her. The episode ends, with Jane and Elizabeth leaving Netherfield after Jane got better.

Episode 2: In the second episode there are introduce two new characters, one being Mr. Collins, a relative to Bennets, and the one who will get all of their possessions when Mr. Bennet dies. The second one is Mr. Wickham, the bad guy of the story.
Mrs. Bennet decides that Elizabeth should marry Mr. Collins so the property even after mr. Bennet’s death would stay in the family. Elizabeth is against it and her father let’s quote him says:
“An unhappy alternative lies before you, Elizabeth. Your mother will never see you again if you do *not* marry Mr Collins, and *I* will never see you again if you *do*.“ showing his total support to his favorite daugter.
The arrival of Mr. Wickham puts Darcy at even worse side in Elizabeth's eyes, he plays the role of a poor boy, and makes Darcy a demon, saying that he should have been the cleric at the church at Pemberley but that Darcy hadn't gaven him what's rightfully his after the death of Darcy's father. Which is another prejudice added to the pile rising.
The episode ends with Mr. Collins asking Elizabeth to marry him, and she refuses.

Episode 3: Now we arrive at the dramatic part of the series. Bingleys and Darcy leave Neatherfield and the Bennets find out that probably it's for good. Jane gets the news that it's probably because Bingley is in company of Darcy's sister.
To make her feel better they send her for a vacation in London at her uncle and aunt's house, while Elizabeth got the invitation to visit her friend Charlotte in Kent, the one who in the end married Mr. Collins, making Elizabeth horrified of her choice. She is there invited to the home of Lady Cathrine De Bourg, who is Darcy's aunt. And meets again Darcy there along with his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam and by chatting with the colonel finds out that Darcy has saved his dearest friend Bingley from a marriage with an unworthy woman... making the fact that she begin hating him even more. But the real drama happens toward the end... when Darcy visits her and asks her to marry him, which Elizabeth with crude and cruel words refuses... and you after this one are in totaly need of what will happen next.

Episode 4: I shall call this episode the episode of revealings. After such harsh rejection, Darcy writes a long letter to Lizzy explaining it all, even the part of how Wickham is a bad man, while he told Elizabeth about how Darcy denied him the church, Darcy tells in his letter that he prefered money to that one, and he comes out also with his family's secret, Wickham tried to seduce his sister Georgiana for the money, almost ruining her social life with what he had done. He also admits that he did everyting in his power to separate Bingley and Jane, but only because .... let's say it clearly because of their mother and her »want of propriety« and the fact that he thought that Jane wasn't in love with Bingley. She still hates him at this point.
When she finally comes home she tells the story to Jane and also has problem with the fact that her parent's are letting one of the youngest sisters to go with a full regiment to have fun, but nobody listens to her. So Lydia goes and she chan't stop it.
She is then invited with her aunt and uncle to go with them to Derbyshare and she accpets. During her stay there she visits Pemberley, the Darcy's household and is impressed with what she sees there. During her visit Darcy comes back and has a jump in the lake (yes the lake scene) and when he is drected to the castle all wet, meets Elizabeth, and there is the most awkward moment ever in the series. After that when he is properly dressed, he manages to catch Elizabeth with her relatives and stops them from departing, showing a completly new side of his character to Elizabeth, making her aunt say that she pictured him deferently. The episodes ends with them saying goodbye after Darcy tells Lizzie that he would be delighted if she would meet his sister.

Episode 5: We start with Elizabeth meeting Darcy's sister Georgiana, who is such a nice lady and also meeting Bingley again, who still shows interest in her sister, trying to hide it. She passes few nights at Pemberley in company of Darcy, his sister, Bingley and unfortunatly also his sisters. We see Elizabeth protect Georgiana from Miss Bingley and her big mouth and also when Elizabeth is not present, we see Darcy telling Miss Bingley off directly ststing that he finds Elizabeth one of the most »handsome« women in his acquaintance. But all the good must end.
Elizabeth receives a letter that Lydia has run off with Wickham. So she and her aunt and uncle have to go running back home, because that’s tragedy, especially if the two eloping have not married, it could be catastrophic not only for Lydia but for the whole family. Mr. Bennet goes to London to try and find them but he has no such luck, and in the end leaves everything in Mr. Gardiner hands. What they don’t know is that Darcy manages to find them, and makes Mr. Gardiner say it was done by him. At the end of the episode we see Mr. Bennet getting the letter that they did not marry, but they will be married soon, under the eye of the relatives. The last image is a stern looking Darcy.

Episode 6: last episode, aren’t you happy? Well here are some funny parts actually. First of all Lydia comes back as a married woman with Mr. Wickham, and doesn’t even see what she had almost done to her family, and then she splits the secret about the presence of Mr. Darcy at the wedding, so Elizabeth writes to her aunt asking explanation, where her aunt tells her that actually the fact that Lydia and Wickham are married is thanks to Darcy, both the fact of physical happening and the monetary blaming the thing on his pride that he never told openly about Wickham and his dark side. Elizabeth should admit that she has feeling for the man, but… not yet.
One day it happens that Bingley and Darcy come to visit and from there it happens everything, he sees that Jane still loves his friend, and he tells him to go for it, and admits to him that he was conceling that he knew that Jane was in London and hide it from him. Bingley next day asks Jane to marry him.
The fantastic part of this episode is the apearance of Lady Cathrine De Bourg, who comes to tell Elizabeth that she SHALL NOT marry her nephew because he has to marry her daughter. Naturaly Elizabeth tells her off, and tells her if he was to ask her, she would say yes.
Next day (maybe two), Darcy is back, thanks to his aunt who then went to him and told him about wanting him to give the promise. And Darcy again asks Elizabeth to marry him, and this time all blushy she says yes... the end of the episode and the series is the dubble marriage: Jane and Bingley on one side and on the other Darcy and Elizabeth... last shot is of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy kissing with love.

The Lake Scene

This scene is something special, not because I said so, even if I admit I always drool on that scene when watching, but the point is, while checking all the information, from the Informational episode to BBCs page about the series, Wikipedia, and all other stuff, there is always mentioned The lake scene. This is the scene were Darcy jumps in the lake near Pemberley and then all nicely wet goes towards his castle and on the way there he meets Elizabeth, bringing an awkward moment between the two, the point of not expecting the other to be there, and for one to be wet and all sexy. The importance of this scene is not just because we see sexy and wet Darcy, but because this scene doesn’t exist in the book. The screenplay writer Andrew Davis has told also that as the fact that Jane Austen in her novel bases everything more on Elizabeth Bennet’s point of view, he wanted to give some more place to Darcy in the series, making this Lizzie and Darcy’s story. And the lake scene is one of those moments when we can see Darcy outside the “stiff” social life, showing another side of Darcy. And the first idea was to have Darcy naked, but Colin wasn’t really friendly with THAT idea.


The most important are Lizzy and Darcy, so I’m concentrated mostly of them, still I give at least a sentence about some others that helped to come to what we have now.

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bennet – She is the main female character and is played by Jenifer Ehle. The character is a very intelligent woman and a total free-spirit, while she knows exactly how she must act in public and at home, she still manages to make intelligent remarks astonishing people who don’t know her around. She may not be a beauty, but to me she is really pretty. Her strong points are her brightness, her intelligence, her being stubborn, but in the end being able to see the difference between right and wrong.

Fitzwilliam Darcy – He is the main male character and is played by Colin Firth. At the first moment you have to think that Darcy is actually an arrogant wealthy prick, and sees most of people below him. But actually he isn’t really that way, aside the problems in the past and the fact that he has a huge wealth, make that the people he meet try to get in his grace just for his money, which makes us understand why he falls in love with Lizzie, she is the one to answer him back, she doesn’t try to get in his grace and she refuses his marriage proposal the first time. A person like Darcy discovers this way a new world he didn’t know existed. After that we find out that Darcy around those he loves is actually very amiable and devoted person. His strong points are his money (LOL), intelligence and even if he has too much pride, he in the end to get the love of the woman he loves is prepared to show his gentle side.

Charles Bingley – Darcy’s best friend and played by Crispin Bonham-Carter. I find him one of the funniest character, he is really good natured, he has lot of money, not as much as Darcy and has to support his two arrogant sisters. He is the one who falls in love at first sight with Jane, Elizabeth’s older sister. His strong point is his modesty.

Jane Bennet – The eldest Bennet daughter is played by Susannah Harker. She is gentle and aimable, she is sweet-natured and during the series you won’t hear anyone say something bad about her. She falls in love with Bingley, because they are the same. Her strong point is also modesty aside that they say that between Bennet sisters she is the most beautiful.

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet – the parents are played by Benjamin Whitrow and Alison Steadman. This pair is surprisingly funny. While he is intelectual who loves books and good chats, walks in the nature and maybe shooting some ducks, his wife is frial and her only point in life is to marry her daughters, even better if the man is wealthy, which also leads to misunderstanding from the outsiders. Mr. Bennet's strong point is that he manages to survive having a wife like that and making fun of her. Elizabeth got her wits from him.

George Wickham –the bad man of the series is played by Adrian Lukis. Wickham is the classic bad guy, playboy and liar, trying to go after women to get money from them to pay his gambling debts. He tries to make out of Darcy the bad guy, but in the end he doesn’t succeed. He marries Lydia at the end, but only because they make him do it. He decived the poor girl, and if there was no Darcy to help she would have to live in shame. He has no strong points if we don’t count being able to lie.

Lydia Bennet – Younges Bennet, she is played by Julia Sawalha. This girl is total flirt and doesn’t know what proper in society is. She thinks she can do everything and almost brings the shame on all her family. The main problem is that she is impulsive and doesn’t think, and the worst is that her mother encourages it.

Mary and Catherine “Kitty” Bennet – The two middle sisters played by Lucy Briers and Polly Maberly. There is not much to say about those two. Mary is exaggerated in a way when it comes to God and stuff like that, while Kitty is almost like Lydia even if she is older than her.

Caroline Bingley – the harpy of the series is played by Anna Chancellor. This woman is arrogant, thinks the best of herself, and she also thinks she is beautiful. Every time we see her, she tries to impress Darcy if he is nearby, not actually noticing that she is quite failing till when he actually tells her off gentlemanly.

William Collins – the funny character is played by David Bamber and is a pain in the… err… This character is the classic asskisser and thinks quite highly of himself. He tries to ask Elizabeth to marry him, but she refuses, so a week later he asks her best friend, and she accepts. He has an obsession for Lady Cathrine de Bourg.

Georgiana Darcy – sweet Darcy’s sister is played by Emilia Fox. The young girl is Darcy’s perl and he would do everything for her. She had been deceived by Wickham which made her brother worry even more. She is gentle and shy and the moment she meets Elizabeth they become friends.

Aunt and Uncle Gardiner – the sane figures in Elizabeth’s life are played by Tim Wylton and Joanna David. Without them Elizabeth and Darcy wouldn’t met in a new environment and she wouldn’t been able to fall for him. Both are really nice people, who try to do the best for their children and nieces, and are also those who helped the most with Lydia eloping with Wickham.

Lady Catherine de Bourg – the great woman is played by Barbara Leigh-Hunt, this one is just to mention her because she is so good in her being anthipatic and looking at the people from up and thinking them all below. The best part of her is coming to Elizabeth and telling her that she must refuse Darcy if he asks her to marry him. Quite a spectacular part of the 6th Episode.


“She is tolerable, I suppose, but not handsome enough to tempt me.«
»In vain have I struggled, it will not do. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.«

»Perhaps I didn't always love him as well as I do now, but in such cases as these a good memory is unpardonable.«
»Insufferable presumption!«
»You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy. The mode of your declaration merely spared me any concern I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentleman-like manner. You could not have made me the offer of your hand in any possible way that would have tempted me to accept it. From the very beginning your manners impressed me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit and your selfish disdain for the feelings of others. I had not known you a month before I felt you were the last man in the world whom I could ever marry!«
»Lady Catherine, in marrying your nephew, I should not consider myself as quitting that sphere. He is a gentleman, I am a gentleman's daughter. So far we are equal.«

»Oh, sit up straight, Jane! Pull your shoulders back! A man could go a long way without seeing a figure like yours, if you could only make the most of it!«

Darcy and Elizabeth:
Mr. Darcy: Do you talk by rule, then, when you're dancing?
Elizabeth Bennet: Yes, sometimes it is best. Then we may enjoy the advantage of saying as little as possible.
Mr. Darcy: Do you consult your own feelings in this case, or seek to gratify mine?
Elizabeth Bennet: Both, I imagine. We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room.
Mr. Darcy: [Drily] This is no very striking resemblance of your own character, I'm sure.

Mr. Darcy: Miss Bennet!
Elizabeth Bennet: Mr Darcy.
[Long, awkward pause]
Elizabeth Bennet: I am come to see my sister.
Mr. Darcy: On foot?
Elizabeth Bennet: As you see.
[Another long, awkward pause]
Elizabeth Bennet: Would you be so kind as to take me to her?

Darcy and Miss Bingley:
Miss Bingley: I remember, when we first knew her in Hertfordshire, how amazed we all were to find that she was a reputed beauty; and I particularly recollect your saying one night, after they had been dining at Netherfield, "She a beauty. - I should as soon call her mother a wit." But afterwards she seemed to improve on you, and I believe you thought her rather pretty at one time.'
Mr. Darcy: [Irritated] Yes, but that was only when I first knew her, for it has been many months now since I have considered her one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance.

Darcy and Bingley:
Mr. Bingley: [Furious] You tell me now she was in London all those months and you concealed it from me?
Mr. Darcy: Yes. I can offer no justification. It was an arrogant presumption based on a failure to recognize your true feelings and Miss Bennet's. I should never have interfered. It was very wrong of me, Bingley, and I apologise.
Mr. Bingley: [Stunned] You admit that you were in the wrong?
Mr. Darcy: Utterly and completely.
Mr. Bingley: Then... I have your blessing?
Mr. Darcy: [Amused] Do you need my blessing?
Mr. Bingley: No. But I should like to know I have it all the same.

Mr. Bingley: Darcy, I shall never understand why you go through the world determined to be displeased with everything and everyone in it.
Mr. Darcy: And I will never understand why you are always in a rage to approve of everything and everyone that you meet.

Interesting Information

  1. Colin Firth at the beginning refused the part, because he didn’t felt enough good to be Darcy, but after reading the script he changed his mind.
  2. Along with Alison Steadman, Colin Firth didn’t need to go to audition. The two actors were offered the participation in the series.
  3. Already on the auditions the participants had to wear costumes and full makeup, so the producers and director could see if they could really fit, not only as actors but also as presence.
  4. Most of the costumes had to be made from scratch.
  5. Lacock village was chosen as Meryton, this village was also in Harry Potter movies, Molly Flanders, Randall and Hopkirk.
  6. The lake scene wet Darcy has been "Universaly acknowledged voted nude scene" by The Guardian
  7. Colin and Jenifer during the series become a couple. But it came out only after they broke up.