Laurence Olivier, Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen… many actors have brought the famous Mr. Darcy to life. This year is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s “Pride And Prejudice and the BBC is creating a three-part serial Death Comes To Pemberley, based on the suspense novel/homage by crime writer P.D. James. Who will play Mr. Darcy? Matthew Rhys.
The book centers on three of Austen’s most iconic characters: Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy and George Wickham. The story picks up six years into Elizabeth and Darcy’s marriage as they prepare for the annual ball at their magnificent Pemberley home. When Elizabeth’s wayward sister Lydia arrives, she brings a shocking halt to the proceedings. A murder investigation unfolds and a web of secrets and deceit threatens all that the Darcys hold dear.