Pride and Prejudice

Season 1 Episode 4

Part 4

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 1995 on BBC
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Darcy defends himself against Elizabeth's accusations. At Longbourne, Lydia has her heart set on Brighton with the militia. Elizabeth tours Derbyshire with her aunt and uncle, which results in a rather amazing day at Pemberley and a chance encounter with Mr. Darcy that will affect everything she believes she knows about him.moreless

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  • When Elizabeth receives a lengthy letter from Darcy, she is astonished to learn more about George Wickham, none of it flattering.

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    Following his unsuccessful marriage proposal, Darcy writes Elizabeth a long letter during which he outlines the true story of George Wickham. It seems that the REAL cause of the animosity between the two men stems from the fact that Wickham gambled and drank a legacy of 3000 pounds which Darcy gave him upon his request instead of the position in the church which Wickham turned down, taking the money instead and going through it at a rate of knots.



    Following this, Wickham set his cap for the young and impressionable Georgiana Darcy, and her fortune of thirty thousand pounds, eloping with her with the help of a dishonest servant and almost marrying her before Darcy himself turned up and saved his sister from the fate of being married to a scoundrel like Wickham.



    To her credit, Elizabeth believes everything that Darcy tells her in the letter and realises how very close she came to falling completely for Wickham's charms herself. Meanwhile, she undertakes a holiday with her aunt and uncle Gardiner which takes them to the area in which the great estate of the Darcy family, Pemberley, is situated. While touring through the magnificent home, Elizabeth is surprised to learn from Darcy's housekeeper what a fine man he is and how kindly he treats his staff and others. She has trouble conecting THIS cersion of Darcy with the one she has come to know.



    Things become embarrassing for her when the man himself arrives home a day early and she sees him emerging from a stream in a see-through white shirt looking very handsome (one of the most famous scenes in television history and one which Colin Firth sportingly repeated in the movie St. Trinians in 2007. Darcy is kindness itself, to Elizabeth and to her aunt and uncle and they are both very taken with him - just as Lizzie herself is beginning to be as she looks at him through new eyes.



    All the happiness and fun of the holiday however is wiped out by the arrival of a letter from Jane which informs Lizzie that their youngest sister Lydia has eloped with the desolute Mr. Wickham!



    Brilliant performances from all concerned once again. This entire series is truly British television at its finest.moreless
Barbara Leigh-Hunt

Barbara Leigh-Hunt

Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Guest Star

Bridget Turner

Bridget Turner

Mrs. Reynolds

Guest Star

Julian Erleigh

Julian Erleigh

William Gardiner

Guest Star

Joanna David

Joanna David

Mrs. Gardiner

Recurring Role

Lucy Scott

Lucy Scott

Charlotte Lucas

Recurring Role

Lucy Robinson

Lucy Robinson

Mrs. Hurst

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jane Bennet: Lizzie, I am sure when you first read that letter, you could not have made so light of it as you do now.
      Elizabeth Bennet: Indeed, I could not. I was very uncomfortable. Till that moment, I never knew myself. And I had no Jane to comfort me.

    • Mrs. Gardiner: Is this the proud Darcy you told us of? He's all ease and friendliness, no false dignity at all.
      Elizabeth Bennet: I'm as astonished as you are. I can't imagine what has affected this transformation.
      Mrs. Gardiner: Can you not?

    • Mrs. Gardiner: I think one would be willing to put up with a good deal to be mistress of Pemberley.
      Mr. Gardiner: The mistress of Pemberly will have to put up with a good deal, from what I hear.
      Mrs. Gardiner: She's not likely to be anyone we know. How do you like the house Lizzie?
      Elizabeth Bennet: Very well. I don't think I've ever seen a place so happily situated. I like it very well indeed.
      Mr. Gardiner: Pity then, its owner should be such a proud and disagreeable man.
      Elizabeth Bennet: Yes, a great pity.
      Mrs. Gardiner: Perhaps the beauty of the house renders its owner a little less repulsive, Lizzie.
      Elizabeth Bennet: Yes, perhaps. Perhaps a very little.

    • Elizabeth Bennet: I think Mr Darcy improves on closer acquaintance.
      Mr. Wickham: Oh, indeed? In what respect? Has he acquired a touch of civility in his address, for I dare not hope he has improved in essentials.
      Elizabeth Bennet: No, in essentials I believe he is very much ... as he ever was.
      Mr. Wickham: Ah.
      Elizabeth Bennet: I don't mean to imply that either his mind or his manners are changed for the better. Rather, my knowing him better improved my opinion of him.

    • Elizabeth Bennet: Her character will be fixed as the most determined flirt that ever made herself and her family ridiculous! You know that Kitty follows wherever Lydia leads. Don't you see that they will be censured and despised wherever they are known? And that they will involve their sisters in their own disgrace?
      Mr. Bennet: Lizzy, Lizzy, come here. Don't make yourself uneasy, my love. Wherever you and Jane are known, you must be respected and valued. Now you will not appear to any less advantage for having a couple, or, I may say, three very silly sisters.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The exterior of Pemberley, Mr. Darcy's home, which is shown in this episode for the first time, was shot at Lyme Hall in Cheshire.
      The interior, however, was shot at Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire. A management changeover during the filming dates prevented shooting inside Lyme Hall.

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