The Pride and Prejudice sequel, Death Comes to Pemberley, began production at Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England.
The BBC three-part production is based on the novel by P.D. James, who based her story on the timeless Jane Austen novel.
Pride and Prejudice is one of the classics of English literature and tells the love story of eligible bachelor and arrogant suitor Mr. Darcy and the spunky country miss, Elizabeth Bennet.
A series of misunderstandings ensue when the brooding gentleman slights the opinionated lady at a country dance. This mars her opinion of him until he proves that he is worthy of her love.
In this new adaptation, we see the happily married couple’s life disturbed when Elizabeth’s youngest sister Lydia shows up at Pemberley, the family estate, in hysterics.
Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle) will play Elizabeth while actor Matthew Rhys (The Americans) will play the hero Mr. Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberley.
Also starring in the Pride and Prejudice sequel are Matthew Goode (Stoker) as Mr. Wickham and Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) as Lydia Bennet.
David Thompson, producer for Origin Pictures, the company behind the film, said: “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.”
Death at Pemberley was very well received at the time of publication and reached the New York Times best selling list where it stayed for several months.
Filming is taking place at Castle Howard, a stately home in North Yorkshire until July 12.
Access to some areas of the house will be restricted on certain days, but reduced admission will be charged. The grounds will be open for visitors as usual.
What do you think of the new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice? Will you be watching Death Comes to Pemberley?
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