Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You're Smarter for 10

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You're Smarter for 10

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Byline: MARION MCMULLEN

PHWOAR! Award-winning TV writer Andrew Davis brought the sex factor to Pride And Prejudice in 1995 by putting Colin Firth in a wet shirt as a dashing Darcy. No wonder Elizabeth Bennet was swept off her feet.

WE'RE all suckers for a good love story and the romance has sold around 20 million copies around the world since it was first published in 1813.

TIMING is everything. Jane Austen wrote Pride And Prejudice when she was 21, but it did not get published until she was 37. She sold the rights for PS110.

TAKE your partners. BBC Two is celebrating the book's anniversary with a 90-minute TV special on May 10 recreating a Regency Ball. Pride And Prejudice: Having A Ball.

THE Regency ball was an arena where your every move could make or break your chances in the highly competitive marriage market and in Pride And Prejudice it marks Elizabeth and Darcy's first meeting.

THE story was given a Bollywood twist in 2004 in Bride And Prejudice. …

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