A 12-foot-tall statue of Mr. Darcy from “Pride and Prejudice” has been installed temporarily in Serpentine lake in Hyde Park, London, and will remain there for a week. Fans of the BBC adaptation may recognize the dripping wet Darcy, who was played by Colin Firth in the 1995 miniseries, landing Firth on the map as an actor and sex symbol.
The lake scene was created to celebrate Monday’s launch of the UKTV channel, Drama, which surveyed 2,000 television viewers on the most memorable British TV drama moment ever.
“The most iconic moment was Mr. Darcy’s emergence from the lake and his meeting with Ms. Bennett,” Adrian Wills, general manager of Drama, said in a statement about the project.
The survey deemed it the most memorable TV drama moment ever, never mind that the romantic scene doesn’t actually happen in Jane Austen’s original book and no doubt would have scandalized readers at the time.
The fiberglass homage to the romantic hero took three men more than two months to make, and will tour the U.K. before settling in Lyme Park in Cheshire, where the unforgettable scene from the television adaptation was filmed.