Anna Chancellor (Miss Bingley) is actually related to Jane Austen. Chancellor is a direct descendant of Austen's elder brother, Edward.
Most famous moment of the series, lake scene, was not part of Austen's novel. Andrew Davies wrote the scene not because he wanted a sexual connection between Elizabeth and Darcy but to create "an amusing moment in which Darcy tries to maintain his dignity while improperly dressed and sopping wet".
Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth had a romantic relationship after meeting while filming the series.
Sue Birtwistle particularly wanted Colin Firth, a relatively unknown British actor in his mid-30s at the time, to play the wealthy and aloof Mr. Darcy. Birtwistle had worked with him on the mid-1980s comedy film "Dutch Girls," but he repeatedly turned down her offer as he neither felt attracted to Austen's feminine perspective nor believed himself to be right for the role. Birtwistle's persistent coaxing and his deeper looks into the Darcy character finally convinced him to accept the role.
A scene showing Firth in a wet shirt was recognised as one of the most unforgettable moments in British TV history.
Casting the role of Darcy's young sister, Georgiana, proved hard as the producers were looking for a young actress who appeared innocent, proud and yet shy, had class and could also play the piano. After auditioning over 70 actresses, Simon Langton suggested Emilia Fox, the real-life daughter of Joanna David (Mrs Gardiner), for the part.
Joanna David (Mrs. Gardiner) and Emilia Fox (Georgianna Darcy) are real life mother and daughter.
In an interview fifteen years after the making of this series, screenwriter Andrew Davies said that at the moment that Darcy sees Elizabeth muddy and flushed from walking to Netherfield to see Jane, Davies wrote in the screenplay the stage direction that "this is the moment when Darcy suddenly realizes that he fancies Elizabeth very much and to his surprise he finds that he's got an erection." He said that he wrote this to make people laugh but also "for Colin to choose this as the moment when he's just got to act, being tremendously turned on."
Susannah Harker was pregnant during filming, but was able to continue due to the cut of the costumes and some cleverly placed shawls.
Crispin Bonham-Carter (Mr. Bingley) is a cousin of the actress Helena Bonham Carter.
Jennifer Ehle (who played Elizabeth Bennet) is an American. She was born in North Carolina.
Julia Sawalha (Lydia Bennet) is actually a year older than Jennifer Ehle, even though she plays her younger sister by five years.
Susannah Harker (Jane Bennet) is the daughter of Polly Adams, who played Jane in the earlier BBC production Pride and Prejudice (1967).
Crispin Bonham-Carter (Mr. Bingley) originally auditioned for the part of George Wickham.
Helen Fielding, author of "Bridget Jones's Diary" had both the character of Mr. Darcy from this production and the actor Colin Firth in mind when she created the character Mark Darcy in "Bridget Jones." Firth played Mark Darcy in the "Bridget Jones's Diary" movie.
Although Mr. and Mrs. Hurst share several scenes together, they never actually speak to one another.
Was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the "Best of Television 1996" at position #3 in the in their year end review issue dated December 23, 1996.
Joanna David (Mrs Gardiner) previously played the protagonist Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (1971).
Hundreds of actresses between 15 and 28 auditioned for the role of Elizabeth Bennet and those with the right presence were screen-tested, performing several prepared scenes in period costumes and makeup in a television studio. Straight offers were made to several established actors.
The series inspired author Helen Fielding to write the popular Bridget Jones novels and their screen adaptations subsequently featured Colin Firth as Bridget's love interest Mark Darcy.
Mr. Hurst (Rupert Vansittart), plays the part husband of Louisa Hurst, and the brother-in-law of Charles and Caroline Bingley (1995). Vansittart also plays in 2015 Austenland.
The china used for tea by the Bennet family is Royal Crown Derby's Royal Antoinette.
The green striped gown with velvet Spencer jacket Anna Chancellor (Caroline Bingley) wears at Netherfield Hall is the same costume worn by Julia Davis (Elizabeth Elliot) at Kellynch Hall in link=tt0844330], Vicki Pepperdine (Ann Dobbin) in the park scenes in Vanity Fair (1998), and an extra at the London party where Annabella Milbanke meets Byron in Byron (2003). The Spencer also appears, without the striped gown, in Little Dorrit (2008), worn by Emma Pierson as Fanny Dorrit.
Adrian Lukis (George Wickham) and David Bamber (Mr Collins) also worked together in episode 4.3 Death in Paradise: Damned If You Do... (2015) of Death in Paradise (2011) as Francis Davison and Alan Butler respectively.
Julia Sawalha (Lydia Bennet) & Victoria Hamilton (Mrs Forster) also worked together on Lark Rise to Candleford (2008) as Dorcas Lane & Ruby Pratt respectively.
Rupert Vansittart (Mr Hurst) & Joanna David (Mrs. Gardiner) also worked together on episode 3.8 Death in Paradise: Rue Morgue (2014) of Death in Paradise (2011) as Colin Campbell & Judith Musgrove respectively.
The red poofy hat Anna Chancellor (Caroline Bingley) wears when she visits Jane Bennet on Gracechurch Street is the same one Natasha Little (Augusta Leigh) wears to visit Annabella in Byron (2003).
The heather Spencer jacket with crushed velvet collar Polly Maberly wears to walk to Meryton is the same garment Sally Hawkins (Anne Elliot) wears in Persuasion (2007) and Lisa Braund wears in The Regency House Party (2004).
The green pelisse with ribbon trim down the middle of the front and back Anna Chancellor (Caroline Bingley) wears when she visits Jane Bennet on Gracechurch Street is the same costume worn by a guest at the London Salon in Byron (2003), and by Alex Kingston (Mrs. Bennet) in the coach en route to the Netherfield Ball in Lost in Austen (2008).
The black silk dress with red, orange, and blue vertical lines woven into the fabric worn by Barbara Leigh-Hunt (Lady Catherine de Bourgh) is the same costume worn to dinner by Rosemary Enright in The Regency House Party (2004); and by an extra in the Pump Room when Anne talks with Mr. Elliot in Persuasion (2007).
The black Spencer with flowers embroidered on the collar and sleeves worn by an extra at the wedding is the same costume worn by Jackie Smith-Wood (Mary Crawford) to walk with Fanny in Mansfield Park (1983), by Natasha Little (Augusta Leigh) to visit Byron at his London apartment in Byron (2003), and by an extra in the London street when the Dashwoods arrive in London in Sense & Sensibility (2008).