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Death Comes to Pemberley

Drama . Mystery . Romance

Adaptation of PD James's bestselling homage to Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married, are preparing for their annual ball when festivities are brought to an abrupt halt.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: BBC One
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Death Comes to Pemberley is thoroughly and frustratingly middling.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    The pretty packaging is wrapped around a hollow mystery that’s less whodunit and more who cares?

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    As an inquest and trial looms, threatening ruin to Darcy's good name, our romantic heroes become sleuths in a diverting melodrama that generally lacks the charm of the best of Austen or the intrigue of the best of James.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The solution to whodunit ends satisfactorily and in keeping with the book. The leads, though, display little chemistry, and that’s something Jane Austen’s sensibilities would never have allowed.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Jason Clark

    P.D. James' cheeky mash-up of Pride and Prejudice and Agatha Christie gets a snoozy treatment in this two-night event.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    Unfortunately, the mystery isn't very gripping, and there's precious little wit in the proceedings, which come off like a CBS crime procedural dressed in Jane Austen clothing.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Sara Smith

    Death Comes to Pemberley, on paper and the small screen, is not as satisfying as a newly discovered Austen novel would be.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The crime (and the crime solving) can’t hold a candle to the delight of watching Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy drift apart and then back together in a refrain of their story of obstinate love--a task Rhys and Maxwell Martin acquit themselves of quite well.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Amid the magnificence of the setting you can forget for a moment that this glossily produced, finely wrought, slightly dull two-night mini-series is actually connected to a piece of British storytelling of even higher standing--perhaps--than “Downton Abbey”: Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    A pleasingly executed diversion featuring capable and textured performances from actors in key roles.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Amid occasional incongruities--wait and see--there are entertaining glimpses of period party food, hints of primitive forensics, and a village trial with inebriated jurors and a cheering, jeering peanut gallery that seems eerily authentic.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • J.M. Suarez

    Death Comes to Pemberley works so well because the characters are so perfectly realized. Affairs, unwed pregnancies, and murder all abound, but at the heart of the series is the story of a marriage.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Even if this isn’t precisely the sequel to “Pride and Prejudice” we might have wanted, it’s better than no sequel at all.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The adaptation is superb as it explores the Austen-James characterization, but Towhidi is ably abetted by Daniel Percival’s exquisite character-focused direction and, of course, first-rate performances from the entire cast.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Death Comes to Pemberley has the extra advantage of being perfectly cast and extremely entertaining, even for those who might need a Jane Austen refresher course.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It's a highly satisfying riff on the original work, as well as a credit to the modern British costume drama.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    As the mystery unspools, Darcy withdraws from Elizabeth, and their relationship falters. Suspicions are raised, and Elizabeth must sort out the truth. Expect a dramatic trial and a surprising new suspect before it's all over. Of course, the joy isn't in reaching an answer. It's in the journey.

    Denver Post Full Review
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