The BBC has a long reputation for adapting classic literature and bringing it to the British TV screens. Often their mini-series become as well loved as the original stories… which was the case back in 1995, when they made a famous version of Pride and Prejudice. It was an overnight success and kept the nation glued to their screens for 6 weeks. People who had never read the novel suddenly knew about Jane Austen, the Bennet sisters and Mr Darcy. It’s true that a love story between two people at the beginning of the 19th century, where not a lot actually happens, might not sound like the most exciting evening TV. But it was.

In more than 5 ½ hours of story time the BBC tried to remain true to the original while adding more depth to the characters and their motivations. Viewers were unanimous in their opinion that actors Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle were perfect as Darcy and Elizabeth and the attention to detail, in the costumes and the sets, made the mini-series an authentic Jane Austen experience. Earlier this year another TV adaptation of the novel was announced. Producers say that it will explore the darker side of Jane Austen and her world!

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Illustration by Giorgio Baroni, taken from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, Reading&Training, Step Five (CEFR B2.2).