Our places star in Death Comes to Pemberley
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Three of our places, Hardcastle Crags, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal estate and Treasurer's House, will be starring in BBC One’s Pride and Prejudice sequel Death Comes to Pemberley.
Adapted from PD James' internationally bestselling novel, with Matthew Rhys (The Americans, Brothers And Sisters) taking the lead role as Mr Darcy, the period drama come crime-thriller will be aired on BBC One over three nights from 26 December at 8.15pm.
As Matthew Rhys, explains: 'PD James, the crime novelist took Pride and Prejudice and used the characters, set them forward six years and set it with a crime novel back story, so that’s our story.' He continues: 'It’s a way of reprising the television role of Mr Darcy but he’s a different Darcy to Colin (Firth) he’s not the Darcy Colin was, he’s six years on, he’s older, wiser, happier.'
Supported with investment from Screen Yorkshire through the European Regional Development Fund, filming took place across the county earlier this summer.
We provided a number of locations, including Hardcastle Crags, a beautiful wooded valley near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, which doubled up as Pemberley woods.
Drew Marsh, a ranger at Hardcastle Crags explains: 'The story begins with the discovery of a bloodied corpse in the woods of Pemberley and the director was looking for a particularly atmospheric spot. 'With its deep ravines, cascading waterfalls, streams and mature woodland, Hardcastle Crags was ideal for creating the dramatic opening sequence.'
As the narrative unfolds the action moves to Fountains Hall on the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal estate, which doubles up as the home of Sir Selwyn Hardcastle (Trevor Eve), the local magistrate, who is investigating the crime.
Meanwhile Treasurer’s House in the centre of York played a number of roles, including providing backdrops to Pride and Prejudice flashbacks, with Wickham (Matthew Goode), Lizzie Bennet (Anna Maxwell Martin) and Darcy (Rhys) filming different scenes in the Blue Drawing room, the garden and the Great Hall.
Describing our locations Matthew said: 'We were incredibly lucky with the locations that we had, everything was authentic, you’re in costume, you’re in the real place, it makes your job easier and places like Hardcastle Crags are just stunning, so to spend a few hot summer days there was a real treat.'
Visitors will be able to follow in the footsteps of the stars of Death comes to Pemberley this festive season with the countryside at Hardcastle Crags open all year round and Fountains Hall, Abbey and Water Garden open every day but Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Fridays.