She’s still got at least one more series of Doctor Who to come, but Jenna Coleman is already exploring life outside the doors of the TARDIS, as she’s been stepping before cameras on location in Yorkshire over the last week for her latest project Death Comes To Pemberley.
Based on crime author P.D. James‘ 2011 novel of the same name, Pemberley is a belated sequel to Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice, set some years after the marriage of Lizzy Bennet and Mr Darcy, in which the characters are drawn into a complex murder mystery. Jenna is playing Lizzy’s younger sister, Lydia Wickham, alongside Watchmen star Matthew Goode as her husband – with both characters integral to the whodunit plot.
Meanwhile, Pemberley‘s Mr Darcy, Matthew Rhys (The Americans), has been talking to the Radio Times about the challenges of taking on a role already made so famous by another actor: “Playing an iconic literary hero is always a little problematic. Coupled with that, the fact that the aforesaid iconic literary figure has been immortalized by Academy award-winner Colin Firth makes for a louder gulp.
“[Darcy is] more mature, a family man now. I can wholeheartedly say I won’t be competing with Mr Firth emerging from a lake in a dripping white shirt – thankfully – because I don’t think anyone can top him.”
Death Comes To Pemberley will air in three one-hour episodes on BBC One later this year, while PBS have already announced that they will show the series stateside.