York Minster is dramatic setting in BBC One Boxing Day show Death Comes to Pemberley

By Culture24 Reporter | 26 December 2013

York Minster delivers the drama on BBC One on Boxing Day as the setting for Death Comes to Pemberley

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Stars Jenna Coleman and Matthew Goode relax between takes during the film of Death Comes to Pemberley, which was filmed at York Minster© Dean and Chapter of York Minster
Organisers at York Minster say it was an “absolute pleasure” to have hosted the filming of a BBC costume drama last summer, screening on BBC One on Boxing Day in a murder mystery revival of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Doctor Who actress Jenna Coleman and BAFTA-winner Anna Maxwell Martin were among those playing up within the precinct of the Minster during the summer, turning College Street into a Georgian throughfare where Elizabeth Darcy’s sister, Lydia, eloped with a cad, Wickham, at the entrance to St William’s College.

“Seeing the street transformed and every trace of modern York erased was quite an experience,” says the Minster’s Morwen Ayres, comparing the visit, for the Death Comes to Pemberley episode, to “turning the clock back 200 years”.

“The shops neighbouring the college were re-dressed as grocers and tailors and even the cobbles were covered with earth for a rustic village appearance, complete with traders and livestock.

“When they had finished filming, within hours the street had been restored to its 21st century glory, leaving not a clue that they had been there.

“The cast and crew were an absolute pleasure to have around.”

The costume drama, written by PD James and described as a “nail-biter”, continues on consecutive evenings until December 28. Matthew Rhys will play Mr Darcy.

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St William's College and College Street were transformed into the King's Arms Inn© Dean and Chapter of York Minster
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The neighbouring shops became part of the PD James adaptation© Dean and Chapter of York Minster
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The drama begins on BBC1 on Boxing Day evening© Dean and Chapter of York Minster
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I was in York the day this was filmed and have been looking forward to seeing this on TV. Excellent
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