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Pride & Prejudice, we are straying a bit from our regular format.
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Comments About Colin
The First Proposal
The Unexpected Meeting
About The Production
| To say that when Pride and Prejudice aired in
England, it had a tremendous impact is an understatement. It began screening
on September 24, 1995 and aired for the next six Sunday nights. And it
remains the American cable canal A&E’s highest rated program. And the
focus of phenomenon was Darcy, or Colin Firth: with the exceptional interest
the program called Darcymania.
More than 10 million viewers in Britain watched the last episode of Pride and Prejudice when it aired in 1995.
When the video was released in England before the final episode aired, it sold 12,000 copies in just two days and 50,000 for the week. Nearly 100,000 copies had sold by the end of October 1995.
The day before the final episode the Independent declared that “lovelorn women and adoring marketing men are murmuring just one name: Darcy.”
The BBC book The Making of Pride and Prejudice sold 20,000 copies by the end of October and it made the nonfiction best-seller list.
Darcy’s white shirt fetched 500 pounds when it was sold at a charity auction in November 1995.
Descriptions of Colin Firth in newspapers included “national heartthrob,” “dreamboat,” “dishy,” and “drop-dead gorgeous.”
According to the London Times, Mr. Darcy’s trousers were the outfit of the year: “Nothing came close to Colin Firth and those trousers . . . The sight of Firth wearing button flap, full-front breeches sent women everywhere into fainting fits. The Regency’s dandy’s preference for a snug fit added to the garment’s charm.”
The Daily Express did interviews with four men whose only claim to fame was that they were called Darcy.
At the end of the season of 1995, admissions at Lyme Hall (outside of Pemberley) soared from the typical 800 visitors a week to 5,500. At Belton House (Rosings), attendance rose from about 10,000 to 15,256.
Source: Roger Sales, Jane Austen and Representations
of Regency England
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Pride & Prejudice Ratings
|**||Still lovely, but . . .|
|*||Bad hair day|
|*****||Colin's acting ability|
|*****||The film in general|
|*****||Ranking in the films of Colin Firth|
|*****||Watchability - rewind factor|
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