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Darker Pride & Prejudice on way from Poldark team

Pride & Prejudice

Story by Jack Foley

A DARKER take on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is being made by the people behind hit BBC period drama Poldark.

Nina Raine, best known as a playwright, has been commissioned to adapt the book by Mammoth Screen, who also made ITV’s Victoria.

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. It has already been adapted five times, including the famous 1995 version for the BBC, which featured Colin Firth as Mr Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet. There’s also been a 2005 film, starring Keira Knightley.

But commenting on the decision to dust off Austen’s work for a sixth time, Damien Timmer, managing director of Mammoth, said it was time to bring Pride and Prejudice into the 21st Century.

“Every generation needs its own adaptation of this perfect novel,” he explained. “In this age of the box-set – with audiences loving to binge on complex, serialised dramas – it feels absolutely right to reassess the great classics.”

The adaptation by Raine will mark the first time ITV will be showing the period drama.

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