Death Comes to Pemberly (Spoiler free Review)

Hi again everyone! Today I’m here to share with you, my opinions about the latest series that I’ve finished watching. Death Comes to Pemberly is a three-part miniseries created by BBC and is based on a novel of the same title by P.D. James.

Death Comes to Pemberly is a fanfiction and picks up a few years after the end of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Although I am not usually the person who watches the show/movie before reading the book, I decided to make an exception in this case. I had just finished watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries for the umpteenth time and needed a little more of Elizabeth and Darcy.

Here’s the Wikipedia summary of the premise of the show –

“It is October, 1803, six years after the events in Pride and Prejudice which resulted in the marriage of Mr. William Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet. One evening, on their way to Pemberley for a ball, an argument breaks out between George Wickham and Captain Denny in the carriage, with Wickham’s wife (and Elizabeth’s sister), Lydia, also present. The two leave the carriage in anger and disappear into the woodland, where two gunshots are heard. Upon hearing the news, Darcy sends out a search party and Wickham is found distraught and hysterical holding Denny’s body, blaming himself for his murder.”

Other than the fact that the show is a tribute to the original novel, the major reason I decided to watch the series was the cast – to be more specific, Jenna-Louise Coleman. Jenna plays Clara Oswin Oswald in Doctor Who and happens to be one of my favorite companions on the show. Once I read that she played the role of Lydian Wickham, I was instantly hooked.

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Jenna-Louise Coleman as Lydia Wickham

Death Comes to Pemberly has an intriguing plot. It appeals to the audience for two reasons –

  1. It gives fans of Pride and Prejudice a certain sense of closure and continuity about what happens in the years after the original storyline, and where the characters are headed.
  2. The murder definitely gives the series a more independent and interesting outlook, rather than just being a tribute to Jane Austen

 

As it is a miniseries however, there is a lot going on at once. It isn’t hard to follow but it does make a very hurried and imperfect impression. I also felt that the involvement of the Bennet family was quite minimal and that the storyline could’ve done better if Jane and Lydia were given more of a role.

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Georgiana Darcy

That being said, the show is definitely worth a watch. The presentation of the characters by the actors is brilliant and the work done on giving it an Austen-ian feel is amazing. A compelling addition to the series is the love triangle centered around Georgiana Darcy and the flashbacks that show a few events as they happened from the character’s perspective in the original novel. After watching the miniseries, I definitely can’t wait to get my hands on the novel.

If any of you have watched the series, do tell me your opinion of it and for all you Jane Austen fans, give the series a shot!

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