Prepare to swoon all over again as Mr Darcy emerges from another lake

A giant statue of Jane Austens iconic romantic hero Mr Darcy emerged from The Serpentine in Londons Hyde Park today. Picture: David Parry/PA

A giant statue of Jane Austens iconic romantic hero Mr Darcy emerged from The Serpentine in Londons Hyde Park today. Picture: David Parry/PA

One of the most iconic, and steamy, moments in television history has been recreated, except this time Mr Darcy is twice as big.

It is almost 20 years since Colin Firth infamously emerged from a lake as a sex symbol in the adaption of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, and visitors to Hyde Park will get to see it all over again today.

This time though the historical heartthrob is 12-foot tall and made of fibreglass.

The mode of Mr Darcy, which took a team of three sculptors over two months to design, construct and paint, has a head and torso the equivalent height of a double-decker bus.

He emerged from the Serpentine Lake as part of a promotional campaign by new UKTV channel Drama.

The 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, which featured a dripping wet Colin Firth emerging from a lake, was identified as the most memorable British television drama moment of all time in a recent survey.

The giant recreation of Mr Darcy also coincides with the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication, and the model is set to embark on a short regional tour before it is installed in Cheshire’s Lyme Park, where the scene was originally shot.

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.”

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