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Masterpiece: Pride and Prejudice: (Part 1)

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Mr. Charles Bingley, a rich man from the north of England, settles down at Netherfield estate near Meryton village in Hertfordshire for the summer. Mrs. Bennet, unlike her husband, is excited at the prospect of marrying off one of her five daughters (Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia) to the newcomer. At a local country dance, Bingley takes an immediate liking to Jane, while his best friend Mr. Darcy (rumored to be twice as rich) refuses to show an interest in anyone. Elizabeth's poor impression of his character is confirmed at a later gathering at Lucas Lodge. Elizabeth and Darcy verbally clash on the two nights she spends at Netherfield caring for the ailing Jane.

The plot thickens when a sycophantic clergyman named Mr. William Collins visits his cousins, the Bennets. He is the entailed heir of their home, Longbourn, and decides to marry Elizabeth to keep the property in the family. While on a walk to Meryton village, they meet members of the newly arrived militia, including a Mr. George Wickham. Elizabeth notices an apparent resentment by Darcy toward Wickham, and soon learns that Darcy cheated Wickham out of his inheritance. Darcy surprises Elizabeth with a dance offer at a ball at Netherfield, which she grudgingly but politely accepts. Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth the next day, but she resoundingly rejects him. While Mr. and Mrs. Bennet disagree about Elizabeth's decision, her close friend Charlotte Lucas sees an opening and invites Mr. Collins to stay at Lucas Lodge.


Episode Info


Episode number: 38x5
Production Number: 3805
Airdate: Sunday February 10th, 2008
Special Runtime: 120 Minutes

Director: Simon Langton
Story: Jane Austen
Screenplay: Andrew Davies


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Guest Stars
Adrian LukisAdrian Lukis
As Mr. George Wickham
Recurring
Alexandra HowerdAlexandra Howerd
As Mary King
Recurring
Alison SteadmanAlison Steadman
As Mrs. Bennet
Recurring
Anna ChancellorAnna Chancellor
As Miss Bingley
Recurring
Annabel TaylorAnnabel Taylor
As Maggie (Maid)
Recurring
Anthony CalfAnthony Calf
As Col. Fitzwilliam
Recurring
Barbara Leigh-HuntBarbara Leigh-Hunt
As Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Recurring
Benjamin WhitrowBenjamin Whitrow
As Mr. Bennet
Recurring
Bridget TurnerBridget Turner
As Mrs. Reynolds
Recurring
Christopher BenjaminChristopher Benjamin
As Sir William Lucas
Recurring
Christopher StainesChristopher Staines
As Lt. Sanderson
Recurring
Colin FirthColin Firth
As Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy
Recurring
Crispin Bonham-CarterCrispin Bonham-Carter
As Mr. Bingley
Recurring
David BamberDavid Bamber
As Mr. Collins
Recurring
David Bark-JonesDavid Bark-Jones
As Lt. Denny
Recurring
Emilia FoxEmilia Fox
As Georgiana Darcy
Recurring
Harriet EastcottHarriet Eastcott
As Mrs. Jenkinson
Recurring
Jacob CasseldenJacob Casselden
As Robert Gardiner
Recurring
Jennifer EhleJennifer Ehle
As Miss Elizabeth Bennet
Recurring
Joanna DavidJoanna David
As Mrs. Gardiner
Recurring
Julia SawalhaJulia Sawalha
As Lydia Bennet
Recurring
Julian ErleighJulian Erleigh
As William Gardiner
Recurring
Kate OKate O'Malley
As Sarah (Maid)
Recurring
Lucy BriersLucy Briers
As Mary Bennet
Recurring
Lucy DavisLucy Davis
As Maria Lucas
Recurring
Lucy RobinsonLucy Robinson
As Mrs. Louisa Hurst
Recurring
Lucy ScottLucy Scott
As Charlotte Lucas
Recurring
Lynn FarleighLynn Farleigh
As Mrs. Phillips
Recurring
Marie-Louise FlamankMarie-Louise Flamank
As Kate Gardiner
Recurring
Marlene SidawayMarlene Sidaway
As Hill (Housekeeper)
Recurring
Nadia ChambersNadia Chambers
As Miss Anne de Bourgh
Recurring
Natasha IsaacsNatasha Isaacs
As Alice Gardiner
Recurring
Neville PhillipsNeville Phillips
As Fossett (Footman)
Recurring
Norma StreaderNorma Streader
As Lady Lucas
Recurring
Paul MoriartyPaul Moriarty
As Col. Forster
Recurring
Peter NeedhamPeter Needham
As Baines
Recurring
Polly MaberlyPolly Maberly
As Kitty Bennet
Recurring
Roger BarclayRoger Barclay
As Capt. Carter
Recurring
Roy HolderRoy Holder
As Hodge (Gardener)
Recurring
Rupert VansittartRupert Vansittart
As Mr. Hurst
Recurring
Sam BeazleySam Beazley
As Priest
Recurring
Sarah LeggSarah Legg
As Hannah (Serving Girl)
Recurring
Susannah HarkerSusannah Harker
As Jane Bennet
Recurring
Tim WyltonTim Wylton
As Mr. Gardiner
Recurring
Tom WardTom Ward
As Lt. Chamberlayne
Recurring
Victoria HamiltonVictoria Hamilton
As Mrs. Forster
Recurring
Main Cast
Gillian AndersonGillian Anderson
As Host - Masterpiece Classic
Warning: Masterpiece season 38 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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