Readers Have Their Say: The 10 Greatest British TV Dramas of All-Time

3. Pride & Prejudice (1995)

Definitive in nearly every way, which is saying something, considering the numerous adaptations of this Jane Austen classic. Fitzwilliam Darcy has been played by everyone from Laurence Olivier to Matthew Macfadyen, but it was Colin Firth, and his iconic self-baptism in that lake, that made legions of fans swoon. Jennifer Ehle never gets the love she deserves for her Elizabeth Bennet, but she did win the 1995 Best Actress BAFTA over Prime Suspect‘s Helen Mirren, no small feat. (Firth lost to Cracker‘s Robbie Coltrane.) (Own it on DVD.)

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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