Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Long before she was "discovered" by Hollywood, 19th century novelist Jane Austen was well represented on British television. Of her limited output, Pride and Prejudice -- the satirical tale of an ambitious provincial wife, a houseful of marriageable daughters, and a seemingly "helpless" heroine who allowed a pompous young gentleman to chase her until she caught him -- seemed to hold a particular fascination for TV producers. The first of several miniseries adaptations of the novel aired as a five-parter from February 2 to March 8, 1952. On this occasion, Daphne Slater starred as the resourceful Elizabeth Bennet, with no less than Peter Cushing as her smug suitor D'Arcy.