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I’ve now finished re-watching the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice – and loved it all over again. I also watched the featurette included on the DVD, where producer Sue Birtwhistle discusses how much care was taken with every detail of this production, down to tailoring the costumes to the individuals and even choosing houses for filming which echoed the personalities of the characters living there.

I think all this attention to detail has paid off, together with the leisurely length, in giving the whole production a multi-layered, rich feeling. It’s quite a wrench when it comes to an end and you have to step out of that world and come back to the present – although that final shot, with Darcy and Elizabeth sharing their only kiss, is what viewers have been waiting for right from the start. 

The wedding scene

The wedding scene

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I did see the hugely popular Andrew Davies version of Pride and Prejudice when it was first shown. But, as my younger child was only one then, and I was constantly rushing in and out of the room, my memories of it are something of a blur – a mix of beautiful costumes and landscapes, dancing, sunlight and Colin Firth taking that famous dip in the lake.

Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth

Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth

I think I also saw a repeat a few years later, but that has faded in my mind too.  Watching the series again 14 years on, thanks to the beautifully-presented BBC Anniversary Edition box set, I’m hoping to take it all in better. So far, I’ve watched the first two episodes and thoroughly enjoyed them. Andrew Davies’ dialogue keeps a lot of Austen’s wit, and, after watching several rushed 90-minute adaptations of classics recently, the more leisurely pace of this one comes as a welcome change. It’s a pity Davies didn’t do as many episodes in his recent version of  Sense and Sensibility – though that adaptation has grown on me.

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