‘Darker’ Pride and Prejudice being made

3 (765 x 430)Hold onto your bonnets – a “dark” and “adult” TV series of Pride and Prejudice is being made by the people behind Poldark, reports BBC.
It will be the sixth adaptation of the classic novel by Jane Austen, but scriptwriter Nina Raine, who’s best known as a playwright, hasn’t watched any before. This is also the first time ITV will be showing the period drama. It comes 22 years after the last TV dramatisation, starring Colin Firth. Raine, whose play Consent was seen at the National Theatre last year, has been commissioned to adapt the book by Mammoth Screen, who also made ITV’s Victoria. ‘Sparkling like granite’ She told Radio Times magazine: “Pride And Prejudice is actually a very adult book, much less bonnet-y than people assume. “I hope I do justice to Austen’s dark intelligence – sparkling, yes, but sparkling like granite.” The book tells the story of the Bennet sisters as they search for husbands, with its famous opening line: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Before the 1995 version, which featured Firth as Mr Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet, the previous time it had been on TV was in 1980.