Another day, another ‘Masterpiece’ on PBS. This time, it’s Death Comes to Pemberley, starring Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Anna Maxwell Martin (Bletchley Circle), Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Matthew Goode (The Good Wife). Based on the book by P.D. James, which is a murder mystery continuation of the events of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the two-part special premieres Sunday, October 26, 2014, 9pm ET as part of MASTERPIECE Mystery! on PBS.
It’s October, 1803, six years after the events in Pride and Prejudice which resulted in the marriage of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet. One evening, on their way to Pemberley for a ball, an argument breaks out between George Wickham and Captain Denny in the carriage, with Wickham’s wife (and Elizabeth’s sister), Lydia, also present. The two leave the carriage in anger and disappear into the woodland, where two gun shots are heard. Upon hearing the news, Darcy sends out a search party and Wickham is found distraught and hysterical holding Denny’s body, blaming himself for his murder.
Shot on location in Yorkshire and Derbyshire last summer, Death Comes to Pemberley aired in December 2013 on BBC One. Be on the lookout for a few familiar faces to public television viewers this October with Penelope Keith (Good Neighbors, To the Manor Born), James Fleet (Vicar of Dibley) and Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead) also starring in Death Comes to Pemberley.