Gratuitous Costume Drama Blogging

I stayed up later than I meant to last night, because I caught the beginning of a little doco called “History of Costume Drama” looking at the British film/television efforts regarding frocking and frogging up in bonnets and breeches to tell a classic tale.  What a store of nostalgia!  So, I hereby introduce an occasional feature, whereby I shall share  favourite costume drama moments/characters, we call all reminisce, and suggestions for the next GCCDB feature can be put forward.  All period dramas welcome, not just Regency.  I’ll probably do I CLAVDIVS sometime soon.

But since I  just finished re-reading Pride and Prejudice, who else can I start with but Lizzy and Darcy?

screencap from Pride and Prejudice (1995) showing Firth & Ehle leaving Longbourne in a coach

A model of connubial felicity (via

I chose this shot because it’s just about the only moment in the whole thing where we see Firth’s fabulous smile.

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  1. He also has a lovely warm look on his face in the scene at Pemberley where Georgiana is playing the pianoforte, and Miss Bingley makes a nasty remark about Wickham, but Lizzie goes over to support Georgiana.
    What about the 1980 miniseries, with Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul? It was my introduction to Jane Austen. I saw the first episode, read the book before the next episode played, and then read every other Jane Austen novel before the series ended.
    And, umm…. Poldark!

  2. Beautiful. Not strictly part of the book, but who cares!
    Agreed re: Firth’s smile. There’s one man who could smile more often.

  3. I remember reading a Making Of book about the 1995 miniseries in which Firth explained that his interpretation of the character was, essentially, that Darcy is both very shy and extremely committed to adhering to existing social ordering as the foundation of rationality. Thus, at the time of the awful first proposal, he genuinely believes that he is doing right by Elizabeth in listing all of the arguments against their marriage: he is demonstrating to her that he is basically a sensible man in spite of the proposal which he (and therefore she) understands to be a very bad deal for him. She wouldn’t want to marry an irrational man, after all.
    Google tells me there’s quite a few blogs in which people argue that Darcy has an ASD, and it seems there’s even a book So Odd a Mixture: Along the Autistic Spectrum in ‘Pride and Prejudice’, (via this analysis which argues that Mr Bennet, when read as a person with ASD, is a pretty hateful portrayal of neuroatypical people). But I’m mostly making this comment to rec the fanfic A Man of Few Words. Unfortunately the posts display in reverse chronological order, so, wind back to the beginning.

  4. Sorry, clarification, it’s not Austen’s portrayal of Mr Bennet that Geek Buffet thinks is hateful, its Phyllis Ferguson Bottomer’s analysis.

  5. Don’t mind me, I’ll be over here, swooning. 🙂

  6. Mary, that sounds really fascinating and I wish I had time this week to read it!
    My daughter is most fortunate that I just finished a reread of P&P, because she found that two texts that she had hoped to use for an English speech about character “journeys” didn’t end up having enough of a character arc when she looked at them again, so she decided to fall back on Lizze in P&P, and I was able to help her refine her memories of the characters etc. That’s more P&P this week than I was bargaining for though!

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