Oh, Mr Darcy! Giant wet shirted Colin Firth emerges from the Serpentine

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Seems someone finally read our petition…

Giant Mr Darcy emerges from Hyde Park

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It's like all our Christmases come at once as a huge 12-ft high statue of a wet shirted Mr Darcy can now be seen emerging from the Serpentine in Hyde Park.

Dripping wet shirt, side burns, man pecs 'n' all, the statue pays homage to the famous scene from the 1995 BBC adaption of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, which was voted the most memorable British TV drama moment of all time in a recent survey.

Lead sculptor Toby Crowther says that although Mr Darcy lake diving was famously portrayed by Colin Firth, it was inspired by all the actors who played the brooding romantic hero.

'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,' he explained.

Obviously Crowther is just trying to spare Matthew Macfadyen's feelings as clearly Colin Firth is the only man who will ever really be Darcy (good effort Macfadyen – but no).

Startling a few swans, the figure is there to mark the launch of a new UKTV channel, Drama, and took three sculptors more than two months to design and build.

Adrian Wills, general manager of UKTV channel Drama said, 'The giant Mr Darcy in The Serpentine is a fitting tribute to one of the most memorable moments in British TV drama. Jane Austen spent a lot of time walking in Hyde Park and along the banks of the Serpentine so we would like to think she would have approved of our new dashing Darcy.'

Fear not if you are unable to head to London to see it – the statue will son be embarking on a UK tour, visiting Scarborough beach before setting up camp at Lyme Park, Cheshire (i.e. Pemberley) where the scene was filmed. He will remain there in dripping wet glory until February 2014.

In the meantime, let's relive the moment shall we? Swoon.



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