Giant statue of Colin Firth turns heads in Hyde Park

Visitors to Hyde Park have been distracted by a 12ft high sculpture of Colin Firth as Jane Austen character Mr Darcy rising out of its Serpentine lake.

The fiberglass statue, which is the same height as a double decker bus, recreates the scene from the BBC’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice where Firth emerges from the water and peels off his wet shirt.

The 1995 scene was voted the most memorable British drama moment of all time by respondents to a poll by new UKTV channel Drama.

The channel has successfully used its recreation to get publicity for its launch, on Monday.

The statue took more than two months to design and will go on tour around English parks before being installed in Lyme Park in Cheshire where the scene was filmed. It will stay there until February.

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