Slideshow: Behind the Scenes
Before death could come to Pemberley, the cast and crew of P.D. James' best-selling
Pride and Prejudice homage needed to create the magnificent fictional location that inhabits the imagination of Jane Austen fans everywhere.
Step behind the scenes of the production to see Matthew Rhys (Darcy), Anna Maxwell Martin (Elizabeth) and other stars of
Death Comes to Pemberley on location at some of Britain's most exquisite heritage sites, and get insider information about the stars and filming of Death Comes to Pemberley. Don't miss the finale of , airing Sunday, November 2 at 9pm ET on MASTERPIECE on PBS. Death Comes to Pemberley
Anna Maxwell Martin on working with Matthew Rhys: "It’s really hard when you’re doing these scenes all the time and you all get on really well and you’re giggling all the time then you act in it and you’re all trying to take each other seriously."
The magnificent Gallery at Harewood House.
Matthew Rhys, no stranger to wigs due to his role in
The Americans, wore a wig to play Darcy.
The kitchens scenes depicting the preparation for Pemberley's ball were filmed in the vast, vaulted-roofed kitchen at Harewood House, which was restored to its spectacular original mid-1700s condition in 1996.
Matthew Rhys describes a hot shoot: "We were also caught up in one of England’s first heat waves in ten years. Roasting in leather, but the only option was to drink and keep cool."
Anna Maxwell Martin describes her vision for Elizabeth Darcy: "I didn’t want Elizabeth to look like she was a hugely vain person she spent hours in the morning getting ready. A massive part of Austen is women out in the country, their relationship with the countryside and the wild and how that affects people and I didn’t want them to lose that."
Director of Photography Steve Lawes told
Post Production magazine: " Pemberley was mostly shot on location in stately homes — Castle Howard, Harewood House, Chatsworth House — rich, 'contrasty' settings. Lighting those kind of spaces to any extent is not practical for a production of this size, so I modeled my approach on a technique favored by the Dutch Old Masters, using contained pools of light and taking advantage of bounced natural sunlight coming in through large windows."
Matthew Rhys on working with James Norton and Matthew Goode: "A little bit too much fun. With the combination of Matthew Goode, not only plays Wickham like a cross between Peter O’Toole and Mick Jagger it didn’t make our job any easier."
A full-sized gallows to hang Wickham was constructed at the historic York Crown Court, a late eighteenth century neoclassical building which has served as a women's prison, a debtor's prison and is now part of the York Castle Museum.