Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Rhys and Matthew Goode have been cast as Jane Austen’s iconic literary characters Elizabeth Bennett, Fitzwilliam Darcy and George Wickham in BBC One drama Death Comes To Pemberley.
Adapted by Juliette Towhidi from PD James’ internationally bestselling novel, this three part serial will be made for the channel by Origin Pictures and directed by BAFTA award-winning director Daniel Percival.
David Thompson, executive producer for Origin Pictures, says: “We’re delighted to be filming this witty, original and beautifully imagined book from Britain’s best loved crime writer – murder and Jane Austen, a delicious combination! This will be a very unexpected and audacious period drama. And we are so pleased with the cast that have been drawn to it: Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Goode and the others will bring real sparkle to the screen.”
In this, the 200th anniversary year of the first publication of Pride And Prejudice, PD James’ homage to Austen brings her much-loved world to life in an original way with Austen’s best-known characters, Elizabeth, Darcy and Wickham at its heart.
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.
Filming will begin in June on location in Yorkshire. The series was announced in February as part of BBC Drama’s year ahead.