The cast of BBC1’s new adaptation of PD James’s Pride and Prejudice follow-up, Death Comes to Pemberley, is shaping up nicely. Following the news last month that Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin and Matthew Goode will star as Mr Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Wickham, a hoard of exciting new cast members have today been unveiled.
Doctor Who’s current assistant, Jenna-Louise Coleman, will take a leading role as Lizzie’s sister – and Wickham’s wife – Lydia, who arrives at Pemberley one night, six years after the conclusion of Austen’s novel, screaming that her husband has been murdered. In fact, he hasn’t – but he is found with the dead body of his travelling companion, prompting a murder investigation that casts a shadow over Pemberley and its residents.
Also joining the all-star cast is Rebecca Front (The Thick of It), who will appear as Lizzie’s vociferous mother, Mrs Bennet, with The Vicar of Dibley’s James Fleet playing her resigned spouse, Mr Bennet. Penelope Keith will star as haughty aristocrat, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, while Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead) will portray local magistrate, Sir Selwyn Hardcastle.
Front’s The Thick of It co-star Joanna Scanlan will appear as Pemberley’s housekeeper, Mrs Reynolds, while The White Queen’s Eleanor Tomlinson is to play Darcy’s sister, Georgiana. She is being courted by dishy attorney, Henry Alveston (James Norton) and her cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, played by Silent Witness’s Tom Ward.
Filming on the production is to begin this month on location in Yorkshire, with Chatsworth estate rumoured to be the chosen location for Pemberley. The production will be directed by Bafta-winning Daniel Percival (Dirty War, Place of Execution) and produced by Origin Pictures.