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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 ...  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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Eleanor Tomlinson who plays Georgiana and Matthew Goode who plays Wickham appear together in An Ordeal By Innocence as husband and wife. See more »

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Austen meets the Poirot Christmas Special
27 December 2013 | by alfa-16See all my reviews

Firstly, I hate fanfic. My teeth start grinding after a few paragraphs, even when it's written by PD James.

Secondly, if you're going to do anything with P&P you have to judge your two main casting decisions with a perfection required almost nowhere else. We all know Elizabeth and Darcy so well. So the producers of two productions which have dared to go off piste, Lost in Austen and this one, must have thought long and hard. Gemma Arterton did extremely well in Lost in Austen, a blend of period drama, summer RomCom and Dr Who, and Anna Maxwell Martin, as you might expect, is simply perfect here, in Austen meets the Poirot Christmas Special.

Anna gives us the mature Elizabeth, holding court at her more informal Pemberley, with an older Darcy who has recovered all his manly confidence in personal relationships and yet is even more deeply smitten. They have a son and are clearly wonderful parents. Both characters have changed in exactly the way Austen predicted in her last chapter. Elizabeth has risen in status and now wears the authority of Mistress of Pemberley, rationally softened, like its master. They are unusually sparkly together and very reminiscent of the Netherfield scenes. This is principally down to the extremely good performances from two actors and an their understanding of their characters which goes way beyond the script.

The whole cast is outstanding, the best in a period drama since Emma09 and the mystery is satisfyingly interesting. There's lots of clever 'dialogue' with the original and arch references to earlier productions (it's the 95 Pemberley).

What's not to like?

Can't wait for the next instalment, as Pemberley itself is challenged and their relationship is tested. I do hope the Bingleys, Caroline at least, turn up soon.

Of course, it isn't Austen. If it hurts to think that it is, then imagine it as a 100-year prequel to Downton Abbey, 10 times better acted and 50 times better written.


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