Death Comes to Pemberley: Season 1 Reviews

April 11, 2019
It's a fabulous mashup.
April 11, 2019
Before the plot gathers steam, the glorious details of the Pemberley household are given loving attention in this BBC production, both upstairs amid the paintings and gorgeous sitting rooms and libraries, and downstairs in the busy kitchen.
August 30, 2017
The BBC's three-parter, Death Comes To Pemberley, a sort of sequel to Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice, was rather fun until death did come to Pemberley, at which point it became a murder mystery, and possibly a little less fun...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 29, 2014
A devilishly good whodunit by P.D. James that is a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 28, 2014
Death Comes to Pemberley, a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by P.D. James, is a worthy addition to Austen's original and the BBC adaptation makes that case wonderfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 27, 2014
[The miniseries] takes the beloved characters of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, vaults them a few years forward into what seemed destined to be a happily-ever-after future, and then drops them smack-dab into the middle of a gripping murder-mystery tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 27, 2014
The crime 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.
October 27, 2014
Even if this isn't precisely the sequel to Pride and Prejudice we might have wanted, it's better than no sequel at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 27, 2014
It's a pale cousin of its predecessor for emotional resonance, but for those pining for lovingly rendered period drama, it looks great.
October 24, 2014
The miniseries gets the Austen part just right. There have probably been too many straightforward movie and TV adaptations of her novels. Death Comes to Pemberley is a refreshing break from plain Jane.
October 24, 2014
Notwithstanding the changing fashions and modern appliances, there isn't much distance between Pemberley and Downton Abbey; were the Dowager Countess to wander in, the Darcys wouldn't bat an eye - they'd recognize her as kin and offer her some tea.
October 24, 2014
Death Comes to Pemberley, on paper and the small screen, is not as satisfying as a newly discovered Austen novel would be. But there's a reason those delightful, easy-to-read books end as the marriages begin.
October 24, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2014
Mr. Rhys looks uncomfortable much of the time, as nervous as he does when he's carrying out a particularly difficult feat of espionage on The Americans.
October 24, 2014
I am sorry to report that the two-part Death Comes to Pemberley... is thoroughly and frustratingly middling.
October 24, 2014
Like the Downton Abbey it's desperately trying to be, the show looks gorgeous. But the pretty packaging is wrapped around a hollow mystery that's less whodunit and more who cares?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 24, 2014
If Austen fans can forgive a new cast, sets and scripting for not always being the stuff of memory or expectations, they will be rewarded with another three precious hours in Austenland.
October 24, 2014
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. Still, it's a chance to revisit some of literature's most-loved characters.
October 24, 2014
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.
October 24, 2014
Pemberley is TV as comfort food: If you are like me and your self-soothing strategies include "sit down with a nice cup of tea and watch U.K. actors crush a well-appointed period piece," this drama might be right up your elegantly landscaped alley.