Pride and Prejudice

Season 1 Episode 3

Part 3

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 15, 1995 on BBC
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Bingley and his household return to London suddenly, leaving Jane to suppose he does not care about her after all. Lizzie discovers who was behind the separation and receives another surprising offer.

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  • Although Mrs. Bennet is heartbroken over Lizzie's rejection of Mr. Collins' proposal, it seems that the gentleman himself has coped very well as he is to marry Lizzie's best friend.

    In this third of six installments, Lizzie is stunned when she hears that Mr. Collins, less than a day after proposing to her, has asked for the hand of Charlotte Lucas, (Lucy Scott) the eldest daughter of the delightfully dotty Sir William and Lady Lucas. Lizzie simply cannot understand why someone as sensible as Charlotte would marry such an idiot, but Charlotte obviously has her own reasons and Elizabeth leaves it at that, while convinced that her friend is tying herself to one of the silliest men in England!

    Meanwhile, there is sadness in store for Jane when she receives a letter from Caroline Bingley telling her that the whole family is returning to London immediately so that her brother can conduct business and that she doesn't see any prospect of them returning. Jane is crushed by Bingley's obvious rejection but puts on a brave face. Mrs. Bennet, of course, has hysterics and screams the place down! In Caroline Bingley's letter, she hinted to Jane that she had high hopes that Mr. Darcy's younger sister, Georgiana, (Emilia Fox) would soon become her brother's wife and so Jane is left with no hope of a future with him.

    To cheer Jane up, Elizabeth encourages her to go to London with their Aunt and Uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner (Tim Wilton and Joanna David) after the couple have been to visit. Jane does so and stays with them at their home in Cheapside. Heartened by her closeness to the Bingley family, Jane calls on them, but receives a very cold reception from the Bingley sisters and doesn't see Mr.Bingley at all.

    On the home front, Lizzie travels to Kent to visit Charlotte and Mr. Collins. While she is there, she must endure the patronizing and very boring Lady Catherine and her sickly, insipid daughter, Anne. (Nadia Chambers.) She must also again tolerate Mr. Darcy for she learns that Lady Catherine is his aunt and hopes for her Anne to becomes Mrs. Darcy in the not too distant future. During the visit, Lizzie also meets Darcy's cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam (Anthony Calf), a delightful young man who is very close to Darcy. Unknown to the Colonel, he relates what he consider an amusing story to Lizzie when he tells her that Darcy is very pleased with himself because he was recently able to talk his good friend, Charles Bingley, out of a match with a woman whom Darcy considered highly unsuitable. Of course, Colonel Fitzwilliam has no way of knowing that the woman of whom he is speaking is none other than Elizabeth's own dear sister.

    With all of this to deal with, Lizzie is totally gobsmacked when she receives an offer of marriage from none other than Mr. Darcy! His proposal is less than gentlemanly and he even goes as far as to tell her that marrying her is against his own better judgement. He seems very surprised when she refuses him and remains very calm when she accuses him of appalling ill treatment of her friend Mr. Wickham. He will say nothing on the subject but takes his leave with a very grim expression on his face and with Lizzie finding herself disliking him even more after he admits that he did indeed talk Charles Bingley out of paying further attention to Jane.

    Another episode which simply MUST be watched. Barbara Leigh-Hunt is superb and hilarious as Lady Catherine and the dark, brooding good looks of Colin Firth make him the perfect Darcy. Do yourself a favour and watch this episode soon if you haven't seen it already.moreless
Christopher Benjamin

Christopher Benjamin

Sir William Lucas

Guest Star

Alexandra Howerd

Alexandra Howerd

Mary King

Guest Star

Anthony Calf

Anthony Calf

Col. Fitzwilliam

Guest Star

Barbara Leigh-Hunt

Barbara Leigh-Hunt

Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Recurring Role

Lucy Scott

Lucy Scott

Charlotte Lucas

Recurring Role

Joanna David

Joanna David

Mrs. Gardiner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Lady Catherine de Bourgh: Your youngest sisters must be very young.
      Elizabeth Bennet: Yes, Ma'am, my youngest is not 16.
      Lady Catherine de Bourgh: Well...
      Elizabeth Bennet: She is full young to be out much in company. But really, Ma'am, I think it would be very hard upon younger sisters that they not have their share of society and amusement simply because their elder sisters have not the means or inclination to marry early.

    • Mrs. Bennet: I don't know what will become of us all, indeed, I do not. And I cannot bear to think of Charlotte Lucas being mistress of this house! That I should be forced to make way for her, and live to see her take my place in it!
      Mr. Bennet: My dear, do not give way to such gloomy thoughts. Let us hope for better things. Let us flatter ourselves that I might outlive you.

    • Maria Lucas: She's not very pretty, is she?
      Charlotte Lucas: Beauty is not the only virtue, Maria. She has just inherited a fortune of £10,000, I understand.
      Mrs. Gardiner: Now that is a definite virtue!

    • Mrs. Gardiner: I see you've not changed, Lydia.
      Lydia Bennet: Why, have I not grown?
      Mr. Bennet: Aye, in everything but good sense.

    • Mr. Darcy: (to Elizabeth) In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. In declaring myself thus, I am fully aware that I will be going expressly against the wishes of my family, my friends and, I hardly need add, my own better judgement. The relative situation of our families is such that any alliance between us must be regarded as a highly reprehensible connection. Indeed, as a rational man I cannot be regarded as such myself. But it cannot be helped. Almost from the earliest moments of our acquaintance I have come to feel for you… a passionate… admiration and regard, which, despite all my struggles, has overcome every rational objection, and I beg you most fervently to relieve my suffering and consent to be my wife.

    • Mr. Collins: Do not make yourself uneasy, my dear cousin, about your apparel. Lady Catherine is far from requiring that elegance of dress in us which becomes herself and her daughter. She will not think the worse of you for being simply dressed. She likes to have the distinction of rank preserved.
      Elizabeth Bennet: Thank you, Mr. Collins. That is of great comfort.

    • Mr. Darcy: It must be very agreeable to her (meaning Charlotte) to be settled within so easy a distance of her family.
      Elizabeth Bennet: Easy distance, d'you call it? It's nearly fifty miles.
      Mr. Darcy: What is fifty miles of good road? Yes, I call it a very easy distance.
      Elizabeth Bennet: Near and far are relative terms. It is possible for a woman to be settled too near her family.
      Mr. Darcy: Yes, exactly. You would not wish to be always near Longbourne, I think.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Belton House in Grantham provided the location for Rosings, Lady Catherine de Bourgh's residence.
      Hunsford Parsonage, the Collins' residence, was a more complicated search. The church needed to match the one attached to Belton House, the parsonage had to be more modest than Longbourne and include gardens for Mr. Collins. Location manager Sam Breckman found the Old Rectory at Teigh, and all scenes were filmed there.

    • Emilia Fox, who plays Georgiana Darcy, is the real-life daughter of actress Joanna David, who plays Mrs Gardiner. Director Simon Langton suggested her for an audition after an extensive search had resulted in 70 rejected potential Georgianas and a state of desperation had set on the production. Emilia's father, the actor Edward Fox, was not happy, as Emilia had just begun her 1st year at Oxford. A 2nd audition to confirm that Emilia was Georgiana also gave her time to convince her father to let her take the role.


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