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Costume dramas are often seen as escapism. In this celebrated mini-series, I definitely think there is a strong element of that in the beautiful sets, landscapes and music – and, of course, the costumes themselves. I’d love to get away from it all into the sunlit gardens of Pemberley.

However, anyone tempted to turn to Jane Austen to escape from the credit crunch will soon find financial troubles looming in her world too. In Pride and Prejudice, the theme of money is there from that famous first line – which, in this adaptation, has to be spoken by Elizabeth. because there is no narrator and Andrew Davies can’t quite bear to leave it out. Darcy and Bingley might be too rich to worry about money, but most of the other characters have to do so.

The Bennet family

The Bennet family

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