Yep! I decided to spend a few hours at Pemberley today. The excitement of young Valentine's Days gone, nothing's better than a journey into romance and mystery. Dreams and old memories, do they really help on Valentine's Day? I'm not in a bad mood, not sad nor unhappy, not melancholic nor nostalgic. So the answer is, DEFINITELY YES, they helped a lot. I played my new DVDs and off I went on a very romantic Valentine voyage. All alone, but not truly.
I had already seen Death Comes to Pemberley when it was on BBC One during last Christmas holidays but to re-watch it has given me the chance to enjoy little details that had gone missed at a first view.
Death Comes to Pemberley, P. D. James's sequel to Pride and Prejudice, is now available on DVD ( check it out HERE) and you can watch it on your TV or computer screen as many times as you wish and add it to your Austen - inpired DVD collection.
This mini-series has been a pleasant surprise for me, since I didn't expect to like it much. I wasn't that fond of P.D. James 's murder mystery set at Pemberley when I read it, so I was ready to be bored and even more disappointed by its TV adaptation. Instead, in my opinion, Juliette Towhidi's script improved the plot, enriching it with short flashbacks and giving it a fast paced rhythm it didn't have.
I loved the locations and the photography, they were dreamy, stunningly beautiful. The acting too was remarkable. I've read so many complaints about Matthew Rhys and Anne Maxwell Martin, for not being the Darcy and Lizzie many Austen fans had in their mind. Come on!
They are both such good actors and they were convincing as a more mature dashing and brooding hero and a tamed, grown-up heroine. After 6 years of married life, together at Pemberley, the scenario and the relationships depicted are more than believable.
I also liked Jenna Coleman and Matthew Goode a lot, their Lydia Bennet and George Wickham were intriguing and gripping. The story - line was not a surprise to me, of course. No excitement for the thrilling truth-hunting, since I already knew "whodunnit". Anyway, that gave me the chance to focus on other details but didn't prevent me from liking the series at the same time.
My favourite story-line was the most romantic one, the love story between Georgiana Darcy and Henry Alveston. Georgiana deserved happiness, at last! But in this adaptation she is torn between loyalty to the family and her natural right to marry for love. Too young and indecisive, she feels still guilty for the pains and troubles she gave to her brother. Quite disappointing is how Darcy deals with the situation.. How could he think to give her in marriage to someone she didn't love? Or better, someone she loved but as another older brother? I sympathize with Elizabeth's stubborness and with her disappointment in her husband's behaviour. I admire her when she decides to save Georgiana from her own wrong choices and I admire even more for her faith in marriage for love.
Well, dear readers, if I were you, I wouldn't miss the chance to go back to Pemberley for a while. I did it and didn't regret it. I'm sure you won't either.
(from BBC mediapack) The story starts on the eve of the Darcy’s annual Lady Anne ball at their magnificent Pemberley home. It’s been six years since Elizabeth and Darcy married and they now have a young son, Fitzwilliam, 3. They are happier than ever and Elizabeth’s caring nature sees her suited to her role as lady of the house.
Elizabeth finds the time to visit the Bidwell family before the guests arrive. Mr Bidwell is head coachman at Pemberley and the rest of his family work for the Darcys too but his son Will is dying and Elizabeth goes to visit him, reaching out to the family in their time of suffering.
The first of their guests arrive the evening before the ball, including Mrs Bennet who is complaining about the journey to the long-suffering Mr Bennet. Georgiana Darcy has two suitors vying for her affections: her emotionally distant cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam who, stepping up to the duties of heir, has marriage in mind; and Alveston, a dynamic young lawyer who clearly has Georgiana’s heart.
The party are relaxing after supper when the festivities are brought to an abrupt halt. A scream calls them to the window and a hysterical Lydia Bennet tumbles out of a carriage screaming murder. What follows is the sombre discovery of a dead man in Pemberley woods, with George Wickham - Lydia’s husband and Darcy’s brother in law - found at the scene covered in the dead man’s blood. So begins a nightmare and mounting scandal which will threaten to engulf Pemberley and all that the Darcys hold dear…