The best adaptation of Pride & Prejudice according to many Jane Austen fans, this six-episode serial that aired on BBC1 in 1995 was largely a huge critical and popular success. Starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, the serial made both of them huge stars, although Ehle chose to go back to stage while Firth became the movie star he is today.

This miniseries is forever embedded in British pop culture, as well as in the hearts and minds of Austen fans. Six hour-long episodes were just enough time to let the complicated love story of Elizabeth and Darcy properly ebb and flow and reach its grand romantic conclusion. This miniseries was highly influential, and was part of a wave of Jane Austen adaptations such as Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. It also directly influenced British writer Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones book series, the movie adaptation of which would later go on to star—who else?—Colin Firth.