Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle) and Matthew Goode (Dancing on the Edge) have all been cast in BBC One’s upcoming three-part drama serial Death Comes To Pemberley. Anna Maxwell Martin has been cast as Elizabeth Bennett, Matthew Rhys as Fitzwilliam Darcy and Matthew Goode as George Wickham. Production on the three-part drama is slated to commence on location in Yorkshire in June.
Based on the P.D. James bestselling novel which was first published in 2011, Death Comes To Pemberley is a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. This three-part drama was penned by Juliette Towhidi and follows Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married with two young sons, who 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. Death Comes To Pemberley is being produced by Origin Pictures, with investment from Screen Yorkshire, and directed (as TVWise previously reported) by veteran director Daniel Percival. The executive producers are Ed Rubin and Polly Hill.
Speaking of joining the cast Matthew Rhys said: “Exciting as it is, one of the challenges of a part such as Darcy are the comparisons that will be drawn to those who’ve institutionalised him in the past. The beauty of ‘Pemberly’ is that it is an entirely new and different Darcy 6 years on. (And also, I don’t have to appear from a lake in a white shirt and breeches).”
While Matthew Goode added: “I’m thrilled to be involved in this adaptation of Death Comes to Pemberley. I have long been an admirer of Jane Austen and in particular of Pride and Prejudice. More exciting still is the chance to work with Matthew Rhys who is not only one of the most talented actors of my generation but also the most fun!”