While the arrival of wealthy gentleman sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.
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 Miss Elizabeth Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (5 episodes, 1980)
Moray Watson ...
 Mr. Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Mrs. Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
Sabina Franklyn ...
 Miss Jane Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Miss Lydia Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Miss Mary Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Miss Kitty Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
Osmund Bullock ...
 Mr. Bingley (4 episodes, 1980)
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 Charlotte Lucas / ... (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Mr. Wickham (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Miss Caroline Bingley (3 episodes, 1980)
Edward Arthur ...
 Mr. Hurst (3 episodes, 1980)
Jennifer Granville ...
 Mrs. Hurst (3 episodes, 1980)
Andrew Johns ...
 Captain Denny (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Lady Catherine de Bourgh (2 episodes, 1980)
Malcolm Rennie ...
 Mr. Collins / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
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 Mrs. Gardiner (2 episodes, 1980)
Peter Howell ...
 Sir William Lucas (2 episodes, 1980)
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 Lady Lucas (2 episodes, 1980)
Shirley Cain ...
 Mrs. Philips (2 episodes, 1980)
Emma Jacobs ...
 Miss Georgiana Darcy (2 episodes, 1980)
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Mrs. Bennet is determined to find husbands for her five daughters. The arrival of a new wealthy neighbor seems like the answer to her predicament. But while eldest daughter Jane catches Mr. Bingley's eye, middle child Mary has her nose stuck in a book, and youngest girls, Kitty and Lydia, chase after officers in uniform; Elizabeth, the willful, intelligent, and opinionated second daughter, is snubbed by haughty gentleman Mr. Darcy... In this class-minded society, can love triumph over pride and prejudice? Written by L. Hamre

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The brown and burgundy pelisse with embroidered bodice and matching bonnet Sabina Franklyn (Jane Bennet) wears on the walk to Meryton with Mr. Collins is the same costume Doran Godwin (Emma) wears to visit the poor in Emma (1972). The same costume also appeared in Vanity Fair (1967). See more »

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In episode 1 Miss Elizabeth Bennett sits at a piano as she sings a simple song while the score on the piano shows the name of (Johannes) Brahms, who was born sixteen years after Jane Austen's death. See more »

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Elizabeth Bennet: We all love to instruct, though we teach only what is not worth knowing.
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By far the best version yet
16 October 2004 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

I was surprised by some of the comments left about this adaptation. Elizabeth Garvie was fantastic as Elizabeth - so much more in the spirit of the novel than Jennifer Ehle or Greer Garson (the worst by far), both of whom just seemed petulant and, frankly, unintelligent. In fact, all of the actresses playing the Bennet girls were better cast than were those in the A&E version, although Susannah Harker as Jane Bennet was almost as good as Sabina Franklyn. Come to think of it, apart from Anna Chancellor (Miss Bingley in the A&E version - she was perfect), I think all of the actors in the BBC version were better cast. It's true that David Rintoul is very stiff. But that's really how, when reading the novel, I always envisioned him. I'm sorry to ever choose anyone over Colin Firth but I have to. His Mr. Darcy just lacks dignity. And subtlety. He's so very obvious. Really beautiful but, I'm sorry, really not Fitzwilliam Darcy.

It is also true that the production values in this version were low but really, it was the late 70s and made for the BBC! So, basically, that's too silly an argument against.

Overall, if you loved the book and want to see a version that's truly captured its spirit, see this version. If you just like looking at a lot of beautiful people standing about in beautiful clothes in beautiful surroundings, pretty much not getting the point, watch the A&E version.

By the by, the A&E version is also good for putting you to sleep.


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