Jenna-Louise Coleman (Doctor Who), Trevor Eve (Waking The Dead), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It), James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley), Penelope Keith (To The Manor Born), Joanna Scanlan (Stella), Tom Ward (Silent Witness), Eleanor Tomlinson (The White Queen) and James Norton (Doctor Who) have joined the cast of BBC One’s upcoming three-part drama Death Comes To Pemberley.
Jenna Coleman has been cast as Lydia Wickham, Trevor Eve as Sir Selwyn Hardcastle, Rebecca Front as Mrs Bennett, James Fleet as Mr Bennett, Penelope Keith as Lady Catherine de Burgh, Joanna Scanlan as Mrs Reynolds, Tom Ward as Colonel Fitzwilliam, Eleanor Tomlinson as Georgiana Darcy and James Norton as Mr Alveston. They join previously announced main cast members Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle) and Matthew Goode (Dancing on the Edge).
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 by veteran director Daniel Percival. The executive producers are Ed Rubin and Polly Hill.