The Making of "Pride and Prejudice", Paperback

The Making of "Pride and Prejudice" Paperback

4.5 out of 5 (7 ratings)


The BBC's lavish adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice', starring Colin Firth, was eighteen months in the making and continues to captivate audiences today.

This indispensable companion to the series is packed with colour photographs, interviews and lavish illustrations. Follow a typical day's filming, including the wholesale transformation of Lacock village into Jane Austen's Meryton.

Discover how Colin Firth approaches the part of Darcy, how actors' costumes and wigs are designed and how Carl Davis recreates the period music and composes an original score.

Piece together the roles of behind-the-scenes contributors from researchers to fencing masters.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages, colour photographs and illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Television
  • ISBN: 9780140251579



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hello! how great of a book to accompany the series! AND it has the map to all the location shots!

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Great book to accompany the DVD set. Nicely packaged. Full of photos. Interesting behind the scenes information on what the various jobs are and how they are done - producer, location scouts, wig making etc. - that I found informative.

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This 120 page book was packaged with my 10th anniversary boxed set of DVDs of the BBC/A&E production of Pride and Prejudice. My expectations were quite low as I usually find books like this to be poorly written. So when it turned out to be an extremely interesting page-turner, I was pleasantly surprised.The book covers all the details of putting making a film. I was especially fascinated by the part on finding locations. The costume design part was also very interesting. Each section is written by the expert who handled that section of making the film. And there's a whole chapter by Colin Firth on how he approached Darcy!Jennifer Ehle (who played Elizabeth Bennet) had something very interesting to say about learning the dialogue: "It's the hardest dialogue I've ever had to learn. Shakespeare is a doodle compared to Jane Austen. I think this is essentially because the sense of the line comes at the end of it and also the lines are much longer. When I get to the end of a sentence I usually say 'Oh, I see!' and then I have to go back and read it again. Sometimes the thoughts are quite convoluted--you do all these hairpin bends--so it takes some getting used to. But it's like anything--by the end I found it much easier to learn. It's like learning another language." I think that captures the challenge of reading Austen that a lot of readers experience!The book is chock-a-block with high quality colour photos, and from a graphic design standpoint, it is a delight. It looks as if no expense was spared.Recommended for: Obviously, anyone who loves the film, but I also recommend it to anyone who is interested in the details of how films--especially period ones-- are made.

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It's fascinating reading how they made this lovely version of Pride and Predudice. I watch it frequently, so I really know what they are talking about. I am particularly fascinated on the immense effort they went to to keep it accurate.

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What an absolutely wonderful book this is. Far from the sort of fluffy, slap-dash "making-of" books one sometimes comes across and suspects were rushed together only to capitalize on fans' momentary hunger for a particular production, <i>The Making of Pride and Prejudice</i> lays out in detail, usually in the words of the artists and crew involved, the process of the making of the 1995 BBC miniseries production of P&amp;P ("The Colin Firth One"). Adapting the script from the book, casting, location-scouting, make-up, costuming, composing, choreography, acting, lighting, editing--every aspect of the production gets its own section full of interesting information about how films in general--and this one in particular--are made, as well as full-color photographs of the actors, costumes, sets, locations, and so on. Of particular interest is an extensive interview with Colin Firth about his approach to playing Darcy. Recommended to fans of this film version of P&amp;P, as well as film enthusiasts.

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