- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; TV Tie in Ed edition (7 Sept. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014025157X
- ISBN-13: 978-0140251579
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Making of Pride and Prejudice (BBC) Paperback – 7 Sep 1995
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About the Author
Sue Birtwistle is the former director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Education Company in Edinburgh and founding director of the Nottingham Playhouse Roundabout Company. Susie Conklin is currently a drama script associate at Granada Television.
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Top Customer Reviews
Includes delightful interview with Colin Firth, details of filming locations, set designs and costumes which makes you appreciate the series even more. I've never bought a "Making of.." before but this was a joy to read.
If you love the BBC series then it's a must-have.
Written in chatty style by the producer, Sue Birtwistle, and script editor Susie Conklin, the book begins with the very first idea (in 1986) of bringing one of the most loved books in the English language to the screen once again, concluding with the Christmas wedding of Eliza Bennet and Mr. Darcy. The six-hour, six million dollar production very nearly brought England to a standstill during the weekly broadcasts, as an estimated 40 million Brits were glued to the telly to see this (then) one-hundred-seventy-eight year old book brought to life. Almost no detail was allowed to be missed by the scrupulous inspection of the production crew. A few items were anachronistic, but calculatedly so; most notably, the billiard table, and Mr. Darcy's "cool-off" swim.
Each member of the technical staff -- director, casting, costumes -- speaks in his/her own voice, giving reasons for each particular choice made. Even the horse ridden by Mr. Darcy was auditioned. Contemporary pictures were used as much as possible to provide accuracy in costume and hairstyle. Meticulous attention was given to the dancing and the music, of which there is an abundance. Such minor considerations as the number of musicians employed at each dance venue exemplify the care taken with the production. Equally so, the food (of which there was more than enough to make the actors as well as the table groan) was specially prepared from recipes of the time by the appropriately-named chef for the series, Colin Capon, who specializes in period food for the BBC.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book it was so nice to get to know the making of the series, how things were done and all the locations in the film.
For me it is something to treasure.
My wife loved this so much she made me sit and watch all 6 hours of the miniseries on what turned out to be a lovely Saturday afternoon. Read morePublished 15 months ago by JR from Dallas
If you like Jane Austen, if you loved the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, if you are curious to know more about the shoting of P&P, the selection of locations, the life of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by RobertaCl
Being well soaked in all the versions of this novel that are available, and having taken the time to collect all these films on D V D and Blu-Ray this along with the Keira... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. J. A. Bentley
to replace the one that was missplaced. To inspire costuptembermes for the Jane Austen Festival next SPublished 19 months ago by jackie
I first bought this book when the tv series was aired, then lost it, so this is a replacement and I am thoroughly enjoying reading it again.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer