Pride and Prejudice is 20: Here’s 10 reasons why mortal men will never match up to Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy

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Pride and Prejudice is 20 years old.

Yes, everyone’s favourite author from the 1990s, Jane Austen, penned her modern classic novel two decades ago, inspiring Helen Fielding to write her 1996 bestseller, Bridget Jones’s Diary, a year later.

Hang on, that’s not right.

Pride and Prejudice was, of course, published in 1813, but if you say the two ‘P’ words to anyone these days, the first thing that comes into their head is an image of Colin Firth dripping wet in a white shirt.

The six-part BBC adaptation of Austen’s novel, broadcast in 1995, was a phenomenon, like the furore over that buff guy from Poldark’s abs multiplied by a thousand.

While the show itself was splendid and Jennifer Ehle was the definitive on-screen Elizabeth Bennet, P&P soared because of Colin Firth’s portrayal of Mr Darcy.

There is no way puny mortal men can ever match up…

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