The all star casting announcements for the adaptation of the PD James classic Death Comes To Pemberley get even better this week as the BBC add more well known names to the production with a few familiar faces from the world of Doctor Who.
The adaptation, by Juliette Towhidi, is described by the BBC as a:
Remarkably inventive homage to Austen [and] brings her much-loved world to life in an original and suspenseful way.
Following the announcements of the starring roles as Anna Maxwell Martin – who you’ll recognise from 2005’s The Long Game (playing Elizabeth), Matthew Rhys (playing Darcy) and Matthew Goode (playing Wickham), there has also been confirmation of none other than our own Jenna-Louise Coleman (playing Lydia Wickham).
Meanwhile, James Norton, from 2013’s Cold War, is also case as Mr Alveston. There will also be several other appearances by well known BBC talent including James Fleet (The Vicar Of Dibley) as Mr Bennett, Penelope Keith (To The Manor Born) as Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Doctor Who-hating misery guts Trevor Eve (Waking The Dead) as Sir Selwyn Hardcastle.
The production begins filming this month on location in Yorkshire and is being supported with investment from Screen Yorkshire.
Directed by BAFTA-winning director Daniel Percival (Dirty War) and executive produced for the BBC by Polly Hill, Death Comes To Pemberley is a murder mystery tale set six years after the events of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Death Comes To Pemberley will be shown on a BBC channel in the near future.