Adapted from P.D James’ internationally bestselling novel, Death Comes to Pemberley is now a gripping drama for Christmas on BBC1. P.D James' remarkably inventive homage to Austen brings the much-loved world of ‘Pride & Prejudice’ to life in a dazzling and original way: centering on Austen’s best-known characters, Elizabeth and Darcy, the three-parter combines classic period drama with a highly suspenseful and brilliantly crafted murder mystery plot, making this an unmissable television event. It is being adapted by screenwriter Juliette Towhidi (Calendar Girls).
Matthew Rhys (The Americans, Brothers and Sisters), Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House, The Bletchley Circle), Matthew Goode (Birdsong, Dancing on the Edge), and Jenna-Louise Coleman (Doctor Who) have been cast as Austen’s iconic literary characters: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, George Wickham, and Lydia Wickham.
Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married and with two young sons, are preparing for the lavish annual ball at their magnificent Pemberley home. The unannounced arrival of Elizabeth’s wayward sister Lydia, however, brings an abrupt and shocking halt to proceedings when she stumbles out of her chaise screaming that her husband Wickham has been murdered. Darcy leads a search party out to the woodlands, and when they discover the blood-smeared corpse not of Wickham but his traveling companion, suspicion is at once aroused. The dramatic and unnerving events of the evening have shattered the peace both of the Darcys and of Pemberley, and as the family becomes caught up in the ensuing murder investigation, a mysterious web of secrets and deceit will threaten all that the Darcys hold dear.