It’s been announced that Jenna Coleman will play Lydia Wickham in Death Comes To Pemberley, a major new 3x60-minute serial that will be made for BBC One and directed by the BAFTA award-winning Daniel Percival.
Based on the bestselling novel by P.D. James, the story returns to the world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and involves its characters in a new tale of murder and emotional mayhem.
Producer David Thompson said, ‘We’re delighted to be filming this witty, original and beautifully imagined book from Britain’s best loved crime writer - murder and Jane Austen, a delicious combination! This will be a very unexpected and audacious period drama. And we are so pleased with the cast that have been drawn to it…’
Aside from Jenna Coleman that cast includes Matthew Rhys who stars as Mr Darcy and Anna Maxwell Martin – Suki in the Ninth Doctor adventure The Long Game - who plays Elizabeth. Doctor Who fans will also recognise Tom Ward – Captain Latimer in The Snowmen and here playing Colonel Fitzwilliam, and James Norton who recently appeared as Onegin in Cold War. Eleanor Tomlinson - Eve in The Sarah Jane Adventures two-parter, The Mad Woman in the Attic – is also on board playing Georgiana Darcy.
Filming on Death Comes To Pemberleywill begin this month on location in Yorkshire. The drama was commissioned by Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, Ben Stephenson and former Controller of BBC One, now Director of Television, Danny Cohen.
Filming of 2012’s Doctor Who Christmas episode starts this week with two big film and television stars joining the show.
Richard E Grant, actor, author and director, has starred in over 80 film and television hits including Withnail And I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jack & Sarah, Gosford Park and The Iron Lady.
On joining the show, Richard says: “I played Doctor Who in the digital animated Scream Of The Shalka and I’m honoured to be in the Christmas Special.”
Tom Ward, who has starred in BBC One’s in Silent Witness as Harry Cunningham since 2002 also joins the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, and his new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.
It is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein. It will be shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales’ studios.
Doctor Who is coming soon to BBC One, BBC America, and SPACE and the Christmas Special will be followed by a further eight episodes next year.