Pride & Prejudice
Saturday, gem, 7pm, G (2005)
Only the second time Jane Austen’s endearing novel has made it onto the big screen, this adaptation stars Keira Knightley (pictured) as the headstrong Elizabeth and Matthew Macfadyen (TV’s Spooks) as the dashing but snobbish Mr Darcy. Purist fans of Colin Firth’s famous stint as Darcy in the BBC mini-series may feel disappointed with this corner-cutting adaptation from Joe Wright
(Atonement), but there are several saving graces. Knightley’s tomboyish charm sits perfectly with the part, Elizabeth’s four sisters are a delight, and Brenda Blethyn steals the show as the girl’s know-itall mother. Gorgeous photography and Dario Marianelli’s score top it off splendidly.