Death Comes to Pemberley 2013


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It is the eve of the Darcys‚ annual Lady Anne ball at their magnificent Pemberley home and Elizabeth‚s fifth ball as lady of the house. Darcy and Elizabeth are relaxing with their guests after supper when the festivities are brought to an abrupt halt. A scream calls them to the window and a hysterical Lydia Bennet tumbles out of a carriage screaming murder. What follows is the sombre discovery of a dead man in Pemberley woods, a brother accused of murder, and the beginning of a nightmare which will threaten to engulf Pemberley and all the Darcy‚s hold dear.

Anna Maxwell Martin, Jenna-Louise Coleman
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Product Details

  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 56 minutes
Starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Teresa Churcher, James Norton, Matthew Goode, Trevor Eve, Nichola Burley, Matthew Rhys, Lewis Rainer, Kevin Eldon
Director Daniel Percival
Genres Drama
Studio 2 Entertain
Rental release 10 February 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Richardson on 31 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
Please ignore those who have compared it to the brilliant Pride and Prejudice adaptation by the BBC. It is a totally different creature, but the novel it is based on and this adaptation , are utterly superb. Reviews are people's opinions and are to be used as guidelines, I'm so glad I had ignored the scathing reviews for P.D James's novel and read , and found it excellent. If you choose to indulge, in the novel or this adaptation, you will find both, very worthwhile. Enjoy.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Louise the book worm on 3 Jan 2014
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A decided improvement on the P.D. James novel, which, I felt, was slightly hamstrung by its consciously being a grateful follower-on to a brilliant original. I didn't find in the book the spark and intensity that, mercifully, the scriptwriter found for this TV recreation. Perhaps this was because the TV show benefitted from a visual grammar well known to its audience, and therefore easier for the scriptwriter to latch onto than it was for James to channel Austen's unique writing style.

I thought the casting and acting were all terrific: I'd enjoyed Matthew Goode in "Leap Year", and his Wickham was the man I'd always wanted to see in previous Pride & Prejudice adaptations, but never did: a truly handsome, likeable rascal. (Otherwise, how could the sensible, lively Lizzie have possibly been so blinded by him?) Nicely done. Matthew Rhys makes a really effective Darcy in a very short space of time, despite his character in the P.D. James book seeming to me really quite shadowy. They seem to have beefed up his speaking part for the TV show and brought him into closer perspective, the scriptwriter correctly spotting the opportunity to show Darcy not as Wickham's mortal enemy, but what in fact he was and had ever been - his reluctant friend. I believed in him utterly as the breathing lord and master of a vast estate and tremendous responsibilities, traces of the old awful, implacable self there, but kinder, with Lizzie there to tie him to his humanity - very impressive.

Trevor Eve almost stole the show as Sir Selwyn Hardcastle - he brought the man to life wonderfully from what, again, had seemed in the book very thin material. Likewise Eleanor Tomlinson and Jenna Coleman, who both created likeable and believable characters as Georgiana Darcy and Lydia Wickham respectively.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By janebbooks on 14 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Elizabeth Bennet, the most successful disposal in marriage of the five daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet of Longboum, is a heroine to be admired in the books of Miss Jane Austen who wrote novels dealing with issues of manner, upbringing, morality, education and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th century England. In Austen's PRIDE & PREJUDICE (1813) Elizabeth, the second of five daughters, marries Mr. Darcy, the most desirable gentleman owner of the vast estate of Pemberley.

In 2011, in a witty and inventive homage to Miss Austen, P. D. James continues the story of Elizabeth and Darcy in DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY. James, the grand dame of British mysteries, the creator of Commander Adam Dalgliesch of Scotland Yard, throws in a murder in the woodland near Pemberley with apologies to "the shade of Jane Austen for involving her beloved Elizabeth in the trauma of a murder investigation." Well, something had to enliven the rather dull married lives of privileged Englishwomen of the period other than fancy balls and new gowns...and after all..."A murder in the family can provide the fission of excitement at fashionable dinner parties..."

Austenites in general were in an uproar. Especially the admirers of fair Lizzie.

And now BBC has released a 180 minute televised adaptation of DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY. The teleplay will be shown in America on PBS Masterpiece Sundays in two episodes October 26-November 2, 2014. Anna Maxwell Smith and Matthew Rhys star as Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married with two young sons.

In her review of the BBC film adaptation for the British Society For Eighteenth-Century Studies, Marina Carlo-Lopez, clearly an Austenite, states the film is "a successful adaptation of a not so successful novel.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rose on 25 Mar 2014
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As previous reviewers have mentioned this really isn't a sequel to Pride and Prejudice.

Leaving the plot to one side for a moment, the main leads were totally miscast. Anna MM's performance lacks the spirit and energy which are part of Lizzie's character. As for her co star Matthew Rhys he lacks Darcy's passion.

Secondly, the main leads are far too old. Several of the most important scenes from the PandP book are replayed in the drama as flashbacks and unfortunately they just don't work. Lizzie is meant to be about 20 in Pride and Prejudice and since this is meant to take place about 6 years later she is meant to be 26 or so. Anna MM is about 37. Rhys looks like he is meant to be Georgiana's father (she is now about 21) when in Pride and Prejudice he is about 26 so here would be about 32.

Oh and I agree with a previous reviewer as to the wardrobe malfunction. Why is Lizzie wearing the same green dress the whole time?

Having said this one of the most energetic performances came from Jenna Coleman as Lydia. She captured her spoiled character perfectly. I wonder what she would have made of Lizzie?

The plot works quite well as a mystery drama and we see the impact on the Darcy family of Wickams selfish actions.

Overall the acting isn't bad and Trevor Eve gives an excellent performance. I didn't enjoy it as a sequel to Pride and Prejudice but as a stand alone drama whose main characters happen to be called Lizzie and Darcy it works well enough.

It is a pity because had the main leads and possibly Wickam been better cast this could have worked very well. Unfortunately it felt more like a Dickensian drama (yes I know Dickens was Victorian not regency or Georgian) than a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. All of the characters seemed miserable and you really wonder why on earth Darcy and Lizzie got married.
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