Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Pride, prejudice and murder
What's It All About? It is a truth universally acknowledged that people just can't stop tinkering with Pride and Prejudice.
Whether it's adding a scene of Mr Darcy in a wet shirt for a TV version, updating the plot for Bridget Jones's Diary, or rewriting the entire book with zombies, Jane Austen's classic has been reworked many times.
However, there's one homage that seems to have impressed even the most hardcore Austen purist, and that's PD James' sequel Death Comes to Pemberley.
The crime writer's acclaimed novel takes some of the book's much-loved characters and puts them in the middle of a detective story. And now to mark the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, it's been brought to the screen in this three-part adaptation.
The action picks up six years after Darcy (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Anna Maxwell Martin) overcame their respective pride and prejudices, and finds the couple happily married with two young sons.
Everything seems perfect as they prepare for the annual ball at their impressive country pile, Pemberley, but the arrangements are thrown into confusion when Elizabeth's wayward sister Lydia (Jenna Coleman) crashes the party, screaming that her husband Wickham (Matthew Goode) has been murdered. Darcy sets out to search the surrounding woodlands, but it's not his brother-in-law's body that he finds...
Look Out For: Darcy's sister Georgiana (Eleanor Tomlinson), who is being pursued by two very different suitors.
Matthew Rhys says: "The beauty of 'Pemberley' is that it is an entirely new and different Darcy six years on. (And also, I don't have to appear from a lake in a white shirt and breeches.)"