A giant statue of Jane Austen’s iconic romantic hero Mr Darcy emerges from the lake at Lyme Park in Disley, Cheshire, to celebrate the launch of UKTV’s brand new TV channel Drama. The 12 foot statue, which took a team of three sculptors over two months to design, construct and paint, pays homage to the show-stealing lake scene that was voted one of the most memorable British TV drama moments of all time and marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice in 1813. New channel Drama is committed to showing the very best British dramas and is available on Freeview channel 20 and Sky.
Adrian Wills, General Manager of UKTV channel Drama said:
The giant Mr Darcy at Lyme Park is a fitting tribute to a much loved book and one of the most memorable moments in British TV drama.
The giant sculpture of Mr Darcy’s head and torso measures 12 feet, equivalent to the height of a double decker bus. The Mr Darcy sculpture will remain at Lyme Park in Cheshire, where the iconic scene was first filmed, until the end of February 2014.
Lead sculptor Toby Crowther said:
The challenge for us was capturing the spirit of Darcy as handsome and noble but also aloof and proud. The Mr Darcy sculpture is a real mix of the many portrayals of Jane Austen’s most famous hero.