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. Not every insult she flung at him was fair. He waylays her on her morning walk, hands her a letter and leaves. The contents leave Elizabeth reeling. Wickham, far from being hard done by, was a loose-living scoundrel who had no intention of joining the church and had instead accepted money in compensation. Worse, he had tried to elope with Georgiana, Darcy's 15-year-old sister, just to gain access to her fortune.
Less than three days after Mr Collins' proposal to her, Elizabeth is shocked to discover that he has been accepted by her best friend, Charlotte Lucas. Elizabeth cannot believe Charlotte can demean herself so, but her friend tells her that she cannot afford to be choosy and Mr Collins is a good catch. The marriage is to be soon, but Charlotte begs her to visit them at Hunsford Parsonage in March.
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.
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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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