Death Comes To Pemberley TV Review – An Enchanting Adaptation


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THE MINISERIES: Death Comes to Pemberley

WHERE: PBS

WHEN: Sunday October 26 9 pm ET (check local listings)

THE CAST: Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Goode, Jenna Coleman, Eleanor Tomlinson

THE SETUP: Six years after the events of Pride and Prejudice, a murder happens at the Darcy’s and Wickham is the main suspect.


The Brits have done it again with their entrancing TV adaptation of P.D. James’s novel. The miniseries is a huge improvement on the not so successful novel that nonetheless had a great premise. All of our favorite Pride and Prejudice characters are back years after the end of Miss Austen’s famous novel, except this time lively balls and house parties have been traded out for a murder investigation and its subsequent trial.

Unlike Austen’s novel, the show relies on special lighting and camera angles to create a darker more haunted feel to the story, including plenty of blood, dead bodies, and gothic suspense.

Wickham is the chief suspect in the murder of Captain Denny, who was murdered in the woods of Pemberley. Unlike Austen’s novel, the show relies on special lighting and camera angles to create a darker more haunted feel to the story, including plenty of blood, dead bodies, and gothic suspense.

Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell take their places as Darcy and Elizabeth. While their characterization echoes that of Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle in the ’95 version of Pride and Prejudice, there is a marked difference in these older versions of the pair. In this continuation we get to see how our favorite characters have changed over the years. Darcy is definitely a changed man. He is much more sensitive and we even see him as an affectionate father figure. Elizabeth is mostly the same, although her performance does not live up to Ehle’s, despite the effort. But, then again, who really could live up that iconic performance?

The Wickhams were definitely my favorite pair in the show. Jenna Coleman is brilliant as Lydia, making her more superficial and vain than ever. Matthew Goode, who I will admit I have had a crush on for a very long time, is the ideal man to play the Don Juan-esque Wickham. He also brings a level of acting that I don’t think has been seen in any other Wickham to date. Goode embodies the character, down to even the minute details in his facial expression that add worlds of meaning and depth to the character.

For period drama and Pride and Prejudice lovers, this is one miniseries you don’t want to miss.


Overall Rating

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“You had me at hello.”

Romance

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“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.

I have loved none but you.”


 

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Rebecca Lane

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Rebecca Lane grew up in the hot desert landscape of Tucson, Arizona where she decided early on she wanted to write, if only to mentally escape her blistering surroundings. She has always been enamored of the arts and literature. As a child she often wrote short stories, and rewrote the endings of novels that she simply could not abide. She received her Undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she was lucky enough to also spend a year studying at Oxford University. While she began her journey dreaming of the day she would sing opera in a large Manhattan theater, she found in the end she could not stand waitressing and simply could not give up books and her hopes of someday writing them. She is currently working as a freelance writer/editor and earning her Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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