TV Review: Masterpiece's 'Death Comes To Pemberley'

October 24, 2014 9:23 PM

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A "Pride and Prejudice" sequel/murder mystery? That alone should be a sufficient come-on to rouse English-lit majors and awaken "Masterpiece" viewers, but "Death Comes to Pemberley" -- a two-part movie adapted from P.D. James' novel -- has the extra advantage of being perfectly cast and extremely entertaining, even for those who might need a Jane Austen refresher course. The whodunit, frankly, takes a backseat to simply luxuriating in the atmosphere, as Anna Maxwell Martin and "The Americans'" Matthew Rhys portray one of literature's most famous couples, with Matthew Goode as Wickham, the amiable rogue who nearly came between them.

The story begins six years after the aristocratic Darcy (Rhys) swept the poor Elizabeth (Maxwell Martin) off her feet, and she has become the lady at his sprawling estate. Of course, the path to true love in these environs is always complicated, though that discomfort here falls to Darby's sister (E...

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