The writer, Andrew Davies, decided that since Darcy’s attraction to Elizabeth is “the central motor that drives the story forward,” he’d bring Darcy to the foreground.
We see much more of him–especially early on–and are given a much fuller picture of his character from the beginning than we are in the novel, or in any other adaptation.
Jennifer Ehle is a bit too old to be Elizabeth (Austen’s Lizzie was 20; Ehle was 26 in 1995), but Ehle nevertheless fills the role well.
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If you like what you see, subscribe here for free updates, or you can "like" the MMD facebook page here and receive new posts in your news stream. The 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice was born out of director Sue Birtwistle’s vision for a modern day version: she wanted her film to be a faithful adaptation that’s “a fresh, lively story about real people.
The visual storytelling in this version is beautiful and highly effective: the houses, horses, costumes and landscapes tell us in a glance about the characters’ wealth and social status–important elements in any Jane Austen work.
Writer Andrew Davies loved the Elizabeth in Jane Austen’s novel: “Like everybody else, I’m in love with Elizabeth.
Darcy is a much more prominent character in 1995 than in any other adaptation–or even in Jane Austen’s novel.
I find her kind of joyful energy and sassiness just so beguiling….
She’s fiercely moral, she’s got a terrific sense of humour, she makes fun of people, she doesn’t take herself seriously, but she doesn’t put herself down, either.
She needs to marry money but she’s determined to marry the man she loves.
She’s a great character.” Davies’ goal was to transfer Jane Austen’s Elizabeth to the screen as accurately as possible.