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Rupert Everett and Miranda Richardson join BBC2 Stoppard drama

19 September 2011 3:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Parade's End adaptation marks playwright's return to UK television, and will also star Benedict Cumberbatch

Rupert Everett, Miranda Richardson and Anne-Marie Duff are joining Benedict Cumberbatch in Tom Stoppard's adaptation of Parade's End for BBC2.

Filming has started on the five-part drama, which also stars Rebecca Hall and heralds Stoppard's return to British television.

The adaptation of four novels by Ford Madox Ford is set during a formative period of British history – the time between the last years of the Edwardian era and the end of the first world war.

Cumberbatch plays an English aristocrat, Christopher Tietjens, and Hall his wife Sylvia.

The supporting cast includes The Thick of It star Roger Allam, Janet McTeer, The Shadow Line's Freddie Fox, Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston and Luther's Steven Robertson.

Parade's End is produced by Oscar and Bafta-winning David Parfitt, whose credits include Shakespeare in Love, and directed by award-winning Susanna White, »

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HBO Greenlights World War I Mini Starring Benedict Cumberbatch And Rebecca Hall

3 June 2011 12:18 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

HBO and BBC have given the green light to Parade's End, a five-part miniseries set during World War I,  written by Oscar winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare In Love) and starring British actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall. The mini will be directed by Susanna White, Emmy nominee for her work on another HBO mini set during a war, Generation Kill. Parade's End is based on the series of four books by British novelist Ford Madox Ford, which were published between 1924-28. Set against the backdrop of World War I, it tells the story of a complex and destructive love triangle among a conservative English aristocrat (Cumberbatch), his beautiful but cruel socialite wife (Hall), and a vibrant young suffragette. The mini, executive produced by Michele Buck and Damien Timmer, is slated to begin production in the fall. Selwyn Roberts and David Parfit will serve as producers. Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Holmes on the BBC series Sherlock, »


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