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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
13 January 1980 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary »
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2 nominations See more »
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Maggie Jones obituary
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Still stands as the best See more (74 total) »

Cast

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Elizabeth Garvie ... Miss Elizabeth Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)

David Rintoul ... Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (5 episodes, 1980)
Moray Watson ... Mr. Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
Priscilla Morgan ... Mrs. Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
Sabina Franklyn ... Miss Jane Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
Natalie Ogle ... Miss Lydia Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)

Tessa Peake-Jones ... Miss Mary Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)

Clare Higgins ... Miss Kitty Bennet (5 episodes, 1980)
Osmund Bullock ... Mr. Bingley (4 episodes, 1980)
Irene Richard ... Charlotte Lucas / ... (3 episodes, 1980)

Peter Settelen ... Mr. Wickham (3 episodes, 1980)

Marsha Fitzalan ... 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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Series Directed by
Cyril Coke (5 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Writing credits
Jane Austen (5 episodes, 1980)
Fay Weldon (5 episodes, 1980)

Series Produced by
Jonathan Powell .... producer (5 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Original Music by
Wilfred Josephs (5 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Cinematography by
Paul Wheeler (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Chris Wimble (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Barbara Gosnold (5 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Costume Design by
Joan Ellacott (5 episodes, 1980)
 

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265 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The beige dress with paisley bodice Sabina Franklyn (Jane Bennet) wears at Longbourn is the same gown Rachel Fielding (Mrs. Benson) wears in Princess Caraboo (1994), Julie Cox (Annabella Milbanke) wears to read Childe Harold in Byron (2003) (TV), and Freema Agyeman (Tattycoram) wears on the Marseilles wharf in "Little Dorrit" (2008). The gown is also worn by an extra on the Marseilles wharf at the beginning of The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), and by a guest at Fanny's wedding in Miss Austen Regrets (2008) (TV).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Elizabeth Bennet:We all love to instruct, though we teach only what is not worth knowing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Early One MorningSee more »

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60 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Still stands as the best, 10 November 2005
Author: pdecker99 from Lexington, Massachusetts

The introduction of a new movie version of P&P triggered me to go back and look at my DVDs of both this 1979 version and the much-loved 1995 version (I'll ignore the 1940 MGM version, which so badly misrepresents Lady Catherine de Bourgh, played brilliantly here by Judy Parfitt, and in which both leads are obviously too old). No question that this one is the truest to the characters as conceived by Jane Austin -- and the best-cast too.

I'm amazed that anyone would believe someone like Keira Knightly or Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth. Can someone really imagine Darcy not finding either of them "not handsome enough to suit me"? Yet it is possible to imagine someone saying that about Elizabeth Garvie, who is pretty but definitely overshadowed in looks by her older sister Jane (Sabina Franklyn). However, as in the book, it's Elizabeth's spirit that makes her shine so brightly in an age when marriages are arranged with no thought of romantic love (as Charlotte Lucas (Irene Richards) reminds Lizzie).

Similarly, David Rintoul's reserved, stuffy, not particularly attractive albeit still handsome Darcy may not be as romantic as Colin Firth's -- but Firth often seemed more like the smoldering Heathcliff from "Wuthering Heights" than Darcy. And Firth's "cooling off" dip in the pond seemed more ludicrous than sexy to me (but women obviously have a different take).

Yes, the 1995 version gets out of the confining indoor settings in a way that the 1979 version does not. However, the characters in the 1979 version simply are truer to the way they were written bu Jane Austin. Perhaps 1979 screenwriter Fay Weldon's previous experiences in writing for the high-class British soap "Upstairs, Downstairs" gave her an edge in this comedy of manners; some of the scene-bridging techniques used in this adaptation seem to be borrowed directly from it. Anyway, this is still the best of the P&P versions out there.

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