"Pride and Prejudice" is a six-part British drama adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen's 1813 novel of the same name. Set in England in the early 19th century, the opening episode sees wealthy bachelor Mr Bingley (Crispin Bonham-Carter) renting a property in Hertfordshire, causing a flurry of anticipation among the unmarried ladies of the district. It transpires he has also brought along a friend - the haughty and aloof Mr Darcy (Colin Firth). Bingley fits in straight away in his new surroundings, but Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with Elizabeth Bennett (Jennifer Ehle). The series was extremely well received when it was first shown on BBC One in 1995, attracting between 10 and 11 million viewers for each episode. It also inspired Helen Fielding to write her popular Bridget Jones novels.