Excitement is growing amongst staff at Chatsworth as glimpses of the major new BBC drama 'Death Comes to Pemberley' filmed at the Derbyshire estate have been seen ahead of its airing on Boxing Day. 
 
Chatsworth is the romantic backdrop for the Pride and Prejudice sequel based on the novel by P.D James. Locations inside and out are featured in the one off special starring Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin airing in the coveted Boxing Day slot at 8.15pm on BBC1. 
 
More than 100 cast and crew descended on Chatsworth for a week in July to film scenes in the house and garden with the Painted Hall, Great Dining Room, Sculpture Gallery and Oak Room all featuring in the shoot. 
 
Chatsworth's 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."
 
Chatsworth has been welcoming record numbers of festive visitors this year as the house has undergone a spectacular transformation into the magical land of Narnia to bring C.S. Lewis's classic tale of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' to life running until 23 December. 
 
For more information and ticketing options, visit www.chatsworth.org
 
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Notes to editors:
The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public.  All admission and event income from visitors, together with a percentage of income from shops and restaurants, goes directly to this Trust, and can only be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the house, collections, garden, farmyard and park.
 
Chatsworth won Gold in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2011 'Large Visitor Attraction' category organised by Visit England, the national tourism body. Chatsworth underwent a rigorous independent assessment before being chosen by a board of tourism industry experts including previous Small Visitor Attraction winner Victoria Emmanuel of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and experienced travel journalists Alison Rice and Sally Shalam.
 
Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.www.treasurehouses.co.uk
 
Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the MI, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire's Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK. 
 
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