Chatsworth in TV drama

Excited staff at Chatsworth have seen glimpses of a major new TV drama which was filmed at the estate and will be shown on Boxing Day.

Chatsworth is the romantic backdrop for Death Comes to Pemberley, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, which is based on the novel by P.D James.

Interior and exterior shots of the stately home feature in the one-off special which will air in the prime-time Boxing Day slot at 8.15pm on BBC 1.

The drama stars Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin who were among more than 100 cast and crew membersto film at Chatsworth in July.

Cameras captured the grandeur of the Painted Hall, Great Dining Room, Sculpture Gallery and Oak Room.

Chatsworth spokeswoman Stephanie Cliffe said: “There was a real sense of excitement across the estate when the BBC’s autumn/winter trailer was released as the scenes filmed at Chatsworth look so beautiful.

“Staff from across the estate were involved with the filming and we can’t wait to see results of all the behind the scenes work.

“Our visitors thoroughly enjoyed seeing the filming taking place, and some even got to meet the stars themselves when they came off set. Matthew Rhys certainly gave some of our visitors a real thrill in his guise as Mr Darcy!

“The filming in the garden was especially exciting, as they filmed quite a few scenes with horses and carriages coming and going.

“We really can’t wait to see it up on screen. It will be a wonderful way to celebrate a magical Christmas.”