Six million tune in to Mr Darcy

The brooding charms of Mr Darcy have captivated the nation for a second time.

Sunday night's first double-length repeat of the Jane Austen serial Pride and Prejudice was watched by a peak audience of six million people on BBC1.

It beat ITV's new series Millennium which was watched by about five million.

BBC bosses are delighted that Colin Firth as Mr Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Lizzie Bennet has enthralled viewers once again. A spokesman said: "It shows that viewers love home-grown drama of high quality."