Knowledge Identifier: $Pride_and_Prejudice_(1995_TV_series)
Category: Movies & TV
Launched in 1986.
Countries: United Kingdom (47%), North America (20%), (20%)
Linked to: BBC, British Film Institute, NBCUniversal, Newsday
Birtwistle and Davies offered the first three scripts to ITV in late 1986 to build on the guaranteed BBC audience, but the recent TV adaptation led to a delay
When ITV announced its renewed interest in 1993, Michael Wearing of the BBC commissioned the final scripts with co-funding from the American A&E Network
Director Simon Langton and the art department joined pre-production in January and February 1994
Colin Firth - It was through the 1995 BBC television adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" that Firth gained wider renown
Fielding loosely reworked the plot of "Pride And Prejudice" in her 1996 novel of the column, naming Bridget's uptight love interest "Mark Darcy" and describing him exactly like Colin Firth
A 2000 poll of industry professionals conducted by the British Film Institute ranked the serial at 99 in the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century, which the BFI attributed to its "managing to combine faithfulness to the novel with a freshness that appealed across the generations"
The president of the Jane Austen Society of North America noted in an otherwise positive review that the casting of the 2005 leads was "arguably a little more callow than Firth and Ehle" and that "Knightley is better looking than Lizzy should strictly be"
The HD version has not been broadcast on television, the BBC refuses to broadcast anything shot in 16mm in HD. The same restored version was released on DVD in March 2009