It’s quite possible that Death Comes to Pemberley just might take your mind off the fact that when it premieres on PBS in the States this Fall, the new season of Downton Abbey will be airing in the UK. Possible, but not likely. Starring Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Anna Maxwell Martin (Bletchley Circle), Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead), Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Matthew Goode (Match Point, A Single Man, The Good Wife), Death Comes to Pemberley comes to PBS’ Masterpiece series beginning Sunday, October 26 at 9pET/8pCT.
In 1813, Jane Austen gave Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet a ‘happily ever after’, picture-perfect storybook ending. On October 26, author P.D. James takes it all away with Death Comes to Pemberley, the two-part British period drama that continues the events of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice novel. It’s now October 1803, six years after the events which resulted in the marriage of Mr. Darcy and Lizzie. Unfortunately, it’s death that comes to Pemberley as one evening, on their way to Pemberley for a ball, an argument breaks out between George Wickham and Captain Denny in their carriage. We’ll stop there to avoid spoilers…
As you watch, look also for two familiar very faces to British comedy fans in the cast in James Fleet (Vicar of Dibley) as Elizabeth Bennet’s father and Penelope Keith (Good Neighbors, To the Manor Born) as Mr. Darcy’s aunt, Lady Catharine de Bourgh.