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Pride & Prejudice - BBC Miniseries Review

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Published April 5th 2016
Best Period Drama Ever Made
There are many film adaptions of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, but this miniseries is by far my favourite. The other adaptions are very good, however with a regular length movie there is only so much you can include.

Miniseries allow more time for the extra, important details and with an author like Jane Austen it is necessary in order to fully appreciate her work.

Pride & Prejudice is the story of an english gentleman and woman's five unmarried daughters from the early 19th century. When a rich, eligible gentleman comes to their neighborhood the mother takes it upon herself to have him marry one of her daughters. Quite taken with the eldest, he may find himself falling in love. However his proud friend, Mr. Darcy, is unimpressed with the little town and discourages him, while constantly clashing with the second eldest, Miss Elizabeth Bennet.

Jennifer Ehle stars as Elizabeth Bennet, who is the second eldest of five daughters. Her mother would have her and her sisters marry men of good fortune, however "I am determined that nothing but the deepest love could induce me into matrimony. [Elizabeth]" Jennifer portrays Elizabeth's vivacious spirit and quick wit with such perfection that you can't help wishing to be like her.

Colin Firth stars as Mr. Darcy. Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy is a proud, handsome gentleman whom many can only stand in awe of. His first impression may seem severe, but during the rest of the series you may find yourself falling in love with him.

The scenery throughout the film is absolutely breathtaking. As you experience England's beautiful countryside and magnificient houses you also get a taste for the way of life in the 19th century. The respect and dignity with which they treat one other is refreshing and the costumes are simply elegant. The final step that takes you from your room and into the story is the acting. With Alison Steadman as the frivolous Mrs. Bennet; Benjamin Whitrow as her forebearing husband; Adrian Lukis as the deceitful Wickham; David Bamber as the bland Mr. Collins, and Barbara Leigh Hunt as the imperious matriarch Lady Catherine de Burgh. These remarkable actors come together making an unforgettable cast.

Below is Mr. Darcy's home Pemberly. It is just one example of the many magnificient homes throughout the film.
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Simon Langton directed this film with such precision you can't help falling in love with it. If you are a Jane Austen fan this is an absolute must-see.
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