Death Comes to Pemberely came to BBC One this Christmas. Christmas will come a bit early in the States in 2014 as the three-part series, which is adapted from a recent Jane Austen-inspired novel by P.D. James, will air in November 2014 on PBS. James’s novel picks up the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, from Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’, in 1803, six years after their marriage. In true P.D. James fashion, the drama will be a combination of Austen’s story and a murder mystery.
Set to conclude tonight on BBC One, Death Comes to Pemberely features a quality cast headed by Anna Maxwell Martin from The Bletchley Circle as Elizabeth and Matthew Rhys, currently in The Americans, as Mr. Darcy. The series also features Penelope Keith, Matthew Goode, Tom Ward, Joanna Scanlan, Trevor Eve and James Fleet along with Doctor Who ‘companion’, Jenna Louise-Coleman. Trivia buffs might recognize Tom Ward, who plays Colonel Fitzwilliam, is the only cast member to have also had role in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
In this clip from the BBC/PBS co-pro, Death Comes to Pemberley, the Darcys and their guests are relaxing after supper when a scream calls them to the window and a hysterical Lydia Bennet tumbles out of a carriage screaming murder.
In case you think November 2014 is a long way off, you’ll be able to bridge the gap between now and then with Downton Abbey 4, Sherlock 3, Call the Midwife 3, Mr. Selfridge 2, Endeavour 2, Breathless, Poirot and Last Tango in Halifax 2. Doesn’t seem so far off now, does it?