A PBS Masterpiece Theatre and BBC adaptation based on a favorite novel is something that makes me very happy. Sunday night, Death Comes to Pemberley will finally be shown in the states, after airing to good reviews in England last year.
It is based on the novel of the same name, by respected mystery writer P.D. James and picks up six years after Pride and Prejudice left off. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are living a quiet, happy life at Pemberley and in the midst of planning an autumn ball. On the eve of the ball, a murder occurs, involving Elizabeth's disgraced sister Lydia and her husband of dubious character, Wickham. What follows is a wonderful murder mystery set in the world of Jane Austen.
The book, on which it is based, was very good and the characters and situations are very true to the spirit of Pride and Prejudice. It will be interesting to see the set recreation of Pemberley, the costumes and the new actors cast as Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Of course for me, there will never be a better Mr. Darcy than Colin Firth, but Matthew Rhys (Brothers and Sisters) is an interesting choice.
It begins Sunday night and will be shown in two parts, concluding next Sunday, November 2nd. You will find me in front of my television, once again lost in the lovely world of Pride and Prejudice, this time with a murder mystery as the plot.