‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ to Air on Masterpiece This October

Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin as Darcy and Lizzie (Photo: BBC)
Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin as Darcy and Lizzie (Photo: BBC)
Heads up, Jane Austen fans – Pride and Prejudice sequel Death Comes to Pemberley has an official American airdate.

The lavish period drama was previously announced as part of the Masterpiece lineup on PBS for 2014, but dates have only recently been set for the premiere. Death Comes to Pemberley will officially screen on Sunday nights at 9pm from October 26 – November 2. 

The three-part series, which adapts the popular P.D. James novel of the same name, continues the story of famous Austen couple Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. The story takes place six years into their marriage, as the couple prepares for a ball at their magnificent Pemberley home. The unannounced arrival of Elizabeth’s wayward sister Lydia, however, brings an abrupt and shocking halt to proceedings – and kicks off a murder mystery that could destroy everything the Darcys hold dear.

Dun dun dunnnnn.

The Americans’ Matthew Rhys stars as Darcy, alongside The Bletchley Circle’s Anna Maxwell Martin as Lizzie. Other notable cast members include Birdsong’s Matthew Goode as Wickham and Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman as Lydia, as well as To the Manor Born’s Penelope Keith, Tom Ward, Waking the Dead’s Trevor Eveand The Vicar of Dibley’s James Fleet.

To be honest, I’ve never read this book, nor had a lot of desire to see a “sequel” to Austen’s classic. However, I’m quite enamored with this cast – The Americans has made me awfully fond of Rhys, and I just loved Maxwell Martin in Bletchley. So, I’m planning to give it a go this Fall and see what’s what.

Get a feel for Death Comes to Pememberley with the UK trailer below: 

Not nearly enough of Matthew Rhys in this clip, but he makes a rather lovely Darcy, don’t you think? The hat is an especially nice touch.

Who’s excited for this? 

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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