Pride and Prejudice 1980 | TV Show Watchlist
A British adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel about the perils of courtship rituals follows self-absorbed Fitzwilliam Darcy's efforts to woo stubborn Elizabeth Bennet. The miniseries originally ran in five parts on `Masterpiece Theatre.'
Premiered: January 13, 1980
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After Lydia is married, she and Wickham come to Longbourn for a visit before joining Wickham's new regiment in the North. She is as silly as ever and very proud of her success in catching Wickham, even offering to get husbands for her sisters. But she accidentally lets slip that Darcy was at her wedding. Elizabeth writes to Mrs Gardiner for an explanation.
Angry and upset over his rejection, Darcy decides to defend himself. He waylays her on her morning walk, hands her a letter and leaves. The contents leave Elizabeth reeling. Darcy indeed had good cause for his behavior towards Wickham, but Elizabeth can only shake her head in sorrow and disagreement as she reads that, when he separated Bingley from Jane, he believed her to be indifferent to him.
The Bennets are expecting a visitor - Mr Bennet's clergyman cousin, who will inherit the estate in the absence of any direct male heirs. Mr Collins is coming to Longbourn with the intention of healing the rift between his branch of the family and the Bennets. Though Mrs Bennet cannot help thinking he has come to check over the place, he arrives with the best of intentions.
This is the definitive Pride and Prejudice and the most successful TV period drama ever. Starring Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle and a fabulous supporting cast, this BBC/A&E co-production pulsates with energy as lively, witty Elizabeth Bennet charms smouldering, haughty Darcy against a backdrop of a picture postcard countryside, small-town assembly rooms and stately English homes.
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- Premiered: January 13, 1980
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- Premise: A British adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel about the perils of courtship rituals follows self-absorbed Fitzwilliam Darcy's efforts to woo stubborn Elizabeth Bennet. The miniseries originally ran in five parts on `Masterpiece Theatre.' (more)
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