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Death Comes to Pemberley 

Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married, are preparing for their annual ball when festivities are brought to an abrupt halt. An adaptation of PD James's homage to Pride and Prejudice.
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Series cast summary:
Matthew Rhys ...  Fitzwilliam Darcy 3 episodes, 2013
Anna Maxwell Martin ...  Elizabeth Darcy 3 episodes, 2013
Matthew Goode ...  George Wickham 3 episodes, 2013
Trevor Eve ...  Sir Selwyn Hardcastle 3 episodes, 2013
Jenna Coleman ...  Lydia Wickham 3 episodes, 2013
Tom Ward ...  Colonel Fitzwilliam 3 episodes, 2013
Eleanor Tomlinson ...  Georgiana Darcy 3 episodes, 2013
James Norton ...  Henry Alveston 3 episodes, 2013
Nichola Burley ...  Louisa Bidwell 3 episodes, 2013
Philip Martin Brown ...  Mr. Bidwell 3 episodes, 2013
Joanna Scanlan ...  Mrs. Reynolds 3 episodes, 2013
Jennifer Hennessy ...  Mrs. Bidwell 3 episodes, 2013
Lewis Rainer ...  Will Bidwell 3 episodes, 2013
Tom Canton Tom Canton ...  Captain Denny 3 episodes, 2013
Mariah Gale ...  Mrs. Younge 3 episodes, 2013
Louisa-May Parker Louisa-May Parker ...  Mrs. Donovan 3 episodes, 2013
Alexander Bradshaw Alexander Bradshaw ...  Young Darcy 3 episodes, 2013
Royston Mayoh Royston Mayoh ...  Stoughton 3 episodes, 2013
Kevin Eldon ...  Dr. McFee 3 episodes, 2013
Oliver Maltman ...  George Pratt 3 episodes, 2013
Tom Raven Tom Raven ...  Constable Mason 3 episodes, 2013
Olly Rix ...  Cartwright / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Rebecca Front ...  Mrs. Bennett 2 episodes, 2013
James Fleet ...  Mr. Bennett 2 episodes, 2013
Stephen Casey ...  Reverend Oliphant 2 episodes, 2013
Rachel Finnegan ...  Joan 2 episodes, 2013
Charlie May-Clark Charlie May-Clark ...  Betsy 2 episodes, 2013
Teresa Churcher ...  Mrs. Piggott 2 episodes, 2013
Francis Paul King Francis Paul King ...  Headborough Brownrigg 2 episodes, 2013
Robin Bowerman Robin Bowerman ...  Buckle 2 episodes, 2013
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Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married, are preparing for their annual ball when festivities are brought to an abrupt halt. An adaptation of PD James's homage to Pride and Prejudice.

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26 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Murder at Pemberley See more »

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Tom Ward, who plays Colonel Fitzwilliam in all three episodes of Death Comes to Pemberly, also had a minor role in the 1995 series, episode #2 playing the part of Lt. Chamberlayne. Tom had a single line apologizing for Lydia's intrusion during a conversation between Elizabeth Bennett and Capt. Denny during the ball at Netherfield. He said, "Forgive the intrusion, Madame. I would dance with both your sisters at once it..." before Lydia and Kitty drag both men to the dance floor. See more »

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Disappointing, but worthwhile on its' own merit.
11 December 2016 | by jonhanningtonholleySee all my reviews

I have long been an admirer of great writing, and the works of Jane Austen and PD James are among my favourites. But sadly, this series was not. Other commentators have described many of the objections to costume, plot and characters, and I can only agree. There seemed little of the 'sparkle' and panache that was evident in Austen's writing, and particularly apparent in Andrew Davies' memorable Screen Dramas. PD James is one of the best crime writers our country has ever known - and we can be proud of so many - but whilst crime is her forte, period drama in the fashion of Jane Austen is not. So, after reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, in which she created such vivid characters and credible dialogue, in-keeping with the period and the strata of society, we could be forgiven for expecting more of the same though, sadly, not from the late Jane Austen of course. Perhaps it was one of Austen's skills to give us so much, but leave us hungry for more....

To do justice to PD James, Jane Austen is an extremely hard act to follow. And, while Ms. James has a proved track-record in her own genre, and did a splendid job on its' own merit, it seems likely that most viewers would be familiar with Jane Austen's work and, almost certainly, Andrew Davies' memorable and excellent TV dramatizations. If there be criticism of the TV version of 'Death Comes to Pemberley', then it must rest as much with the writer who, curiously, is not credited on IMDb?

It is a rare skill, indeed, to take good writing on the page and translate it into the different medium of television. Many works of PD James have proved successful on television but, regrettably, this is not the best. She has taken Jane Austen's characters, and woven a skillful plot that stands well on its' own merits, but it's not Jane Austen. Unfortunately, using Austen's characters only makes us expectant of her style and her words, and sadly, they are not there. I'd happily watch it again, but maybe next time I'll do so expecting a good PD James, which it is, rather than a pastiche of Jane Austen.


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