Death Comes To Pemberley

Ep 1/3

Thursday 26 December

8.15pm-9.15pm

BBC ONE

NEW
It’s the eve of the Darcy’s annual Lady Anne ball at their magnificent Pemberley home. It’s been six years since Elizabeth and Darcy married and they now have a young son, Fitzwilliam, 3. They are happier than ever and Elizabeth’s caring nature sees her suited to her role as lady of the house.

Elizabeth finds the time to visit the Bidwell family before the guests arrive. Mr Bidwell is head coachman at Pemberley and the rest of his family work for the Darcys too but his son Will is dying and Elizabeth goes to visit him, reaching out to the family in their time of suffering.

The first of their guests arrive the evening before the ball, including Mrs Bennet who is complaining about the journey to the long-suffering Mr Bennet. Georgiana Darcy has two suitors vying for her affections: her emotionally distant cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam who, stepping up to the duties of heir, has marriage in mind; and Alveston, a dynamic young lawyer who clearly has Georgiana’s heart.

The party are relaxing 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, with George Wickham - Lydia’s husband and Darcy’s brother in law - found at the scene covered in the dead man’s blood. So begins a nightmare and mounting scandal which will threaten to engulf Pemberley and all that the Darcys hold dear.

Cast: Elizabeth Bennet played by Anna Maxwell Martin, Fitzwilliam Darcy played by Matthew Rhys, George Wickham played by Matthew Goode, Sir Selwyn Hardcastle played by Trevor Eve, Colonel Fitzwilliam played by Tom Ward, Henry Alveston played by James Norton, Georgiana Darcy played by Eleanor Tomlinson, Lydia Wickham played by Jenna Coleman, Mrs Reynolds played by Joanna Scanlan, Mrs Bennet played by Rebecca Front, Mr Bennet played by James Fleet, Mrs Bidwell played by Jennifer Hennessy, Will Bidwell played by Lewis Rainer and Bidwell played by Philip Martin Brown and Captain Denny played by Tom Canton.

R.N.