It seems that the nation does love a bit of Jane Austen as Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy has topped the poll in the nation’s most memorable British drama moment of all time. The moment that Mr Darcy emerged soaking wet from a lake in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice beat moments from Eastenders, Sherlock and even Downton Abbey !

We’re surprised that it beat Sherlock’s ‘death’ but then again who can resist a bit of Darcy !

The top 5 moments consisted of popular soaps such as Eastenders and Coronation Street as well as new drama Broadchurch. Unsurprisingly Sherlock’s ‘death’ also made the top 5 with a 14% share of the vote (We’re still desperate to find out how he did it!)

2,000 Britons were asked to name their favourite UK drama moment to coincide with the launch of new UKTV channel Drama. See the rest of the results below:

The top ten most memorable British TV drama moments are as follows:

  1. Mr Darcy’s lake scene – Pride and Prejudice (1995) – 23%

  1. Dirty Den hands divorce papers to Angie – EastEnders (1986) – 17%

  1. Sherlock’s ‘death’ – Sherlock (2012) – 14%

  1. The tram crash – Coronation Street (2010) – 12%

  1. Who killed Danny Latimer? – Broadchurch (2013) – 11%

  1. The tenth Doctor regenerates from David Tennant to Matt Smith – Doctor Who (2010) – 10%

  1. First lesbian kiss – Brookside (1994) – 8%

  1. Morse reveals his Christian name – Inspector Morse (1997) – 8%

  1. Zammo injects heroin – Grange Hill (1987) – 7%

  1. Lady Sybil’s death – Downtown Abbey (2012) – 7%


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