Death Comes to Pemberley, Boxing Day, BBC1, 8.15pm

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Imagine a Jane Austen book crossed with a gripping murder mystery case – that’s the premise for this ravishing three-part period drama.

Adapted from PD James’ best-selling novel and marking the 200th anniversary of Pride And Prejudice, it is set six years after the events of Austen’s iconic book and features many of her most popular characters.

In a fantastic ensemble cast, Anna Maxwell Martin plays Elizabeth, while Matthew Rhys portrays dashing Mr Darcy and Jenna Coleman pops up as frivolous Lydia Wickham.

“People know these characters so well, but Death Comes To Pemberley is a slightly new twist on them,” says Jenna, 27, who also stars in Doctor Who this Christmas.

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