Death Comes To Pemberley: Playing Mr Darcy

Thursday 19 December 2013, 12:37

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Death Comes To Pemberley is a three-part adaptation of P.D. Jamessequel to Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride And Prejudice. Set six years after the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy, domestic peace at Pemberley is disrupted by news of a murder. Matthew Rhys spoke to the BBC TV blog about playing the much-loved Mr Darcy.

What was it like when the lady herself – Baroness P.D. James visited you on set?

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How did you feel about taking on the ‘nightmare’ role of Mr Darcy and the formal language used?

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Tell us about the filming locations. Did you get any strange looks from the public whilst filming in tourist spots?

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What do you think a modern-day Mr Darcy would be like and why is it that women find him so appealing?

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Matthew Rhys plays Mr Darcy in Death Comes To Pemberley. Hannah King, who filmed this interview, is a researcher in BBC TV and iPlayer. 

Death Comes To Pemberley is on Thursday, 26 December at 8:15pm on BBC One and BBC One HD. The series continues at 9pm on Friday, 27 December and Saturday, 28 December. For further programme times please see the episode guide.

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    Comment number 1.

    I do not agree with Matthew Rhys's assertion that the language should be altered to make this drama more accessible. The language is the joy of this period of writing It is refreshing to hear the carefully considered sentences which convey so much more of the character then today's communications. Please let us have contrast so that we may have comparison and reflect maybe on what we have lost.

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    Really enjoying the drama, it's great to 'catch up' with Lizzie & Darcy. Matthew Rhys is a fantastic actor & is making another iconic Darcy for me.

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    I am really enjoying this drama, to capture the electricity between Darcy and Elizabeth is really good, the characters dreamed up in this drama are so well written into the story. I just hope it ends well and that we get to see some of the spark and romance between Darcy and Elizabeth before it ends, as it seems they are having a bit of a battle and I wonder if they are of the same mind in the end. I love Matthew Rhys such a good actor who I first saw in "Brothers and Sisters" a few years ago. Nice to see him doing so well in his acting career as I know he has done many projects since then. Well done BBC again for bringing such good Drama to our screens.

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    Comment number 4.

    What an utter disappointment! I loved the book and had so looked forward to this adaptation. Unfortunately, I don't think the script writer even read the book! It doesn't follow the storyline, it has omitted characters, added characters where they're not supposed to be, all in the name of 'entertainment'. In my view, it's totally miscast, the writing and the actors do not portray the characters in the way PD James does in her book and unfortunately, the BBC have made a complete hash of what could have been an excellent mini-series by squashing it into 3 hour long episodes.

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    Comment number 5.

    Have just finished watching the final episode of the above series and I think it was superb. It was brilliantly written and a credit to all the actors who took part. Please tell me that the BBC will be publishing it in DVD format shortly. Excellent drama for the Christmas period.

 

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