This PBS Masterpiece Special Is 'Pride and Prejudice' as You’ve Never Seen Before
It reimagines the world of Austen's novel and adds a dose of mystery.
If you love Pride and Prejudice and can’t help but wonder what happens to the characters after Jane Austen’s book ends, there’s a special you just have to see. It’s Death Comes to Pemberley, a two-part program based on the P.D. James novel of the same name.
The 2014 series—and the book upon which it’s based—is set six years after the end of Pride and Prejudice. It’s peopled with characters you know and love, including Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jane Bennet, and Charles Bingley, as they’re faced with a murder and a mystery. According to PBS, “One the eve of Pemberley’s annual ball, new and beloved iconic characters of Pride and Prejudice assemble to bask in the warm glow of the Darcys’ sumptuous estate. But following Lydia’s frantic arrival and an investigation into Pemberley’s woods, a nightmare ensues and a scandal mounts, threatening Pemberley and all the Darcys hold dear.”
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You can watch the two-part mystery in a few hours, but you’ll likely want to savor it. According to PBS, “With lavish locations, handsome parklands, and beloved, iconic characters, Death Comes to Pemberley marries the splendor and emotion of period drama with the intrigue of murder mystery.” It stars Anna Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane, Bleak House) as Elizabeth Darcy, Matthew Rhys (The Americans, The Post) as Fitzwilliam Darcy, Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, The Good Wife) as George Wickham, and Jenna Coleman (Victoria, Doctor Who) as Lydia Wickham.
Death Comes to Pemberley is available to stream until November 1, 2018 on PBS Thirteen Passport with a subscription membership. You can also find it for purchase on Amazon. If you’d like to read the book upon which the special is based, you can find it at Amazon and on Indiebound.
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Do you have a PBS Passport subscription? Will you stream Death Comes to Pemberley this month, or have you already seen it?