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Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage. After today’s TCA session on HBO’s miniseries Parade’s End, based on four World War I-era novels by Ford Madox Ford, director Susanna White told Deadline that PBS’ popular Downton Abbey, set in loosely the same era, was not an inspiration for her. “We were commissioned ahead of Downton,” said White of the five part mini, which is set to premiere February 26. “It’s obviously the same time period more or less, but ours is much less of an Upstairs Downstairs world. We are coming from the standpoint of being an adaptation of this series of novels. We’re coming from a slightly different place.” And what place is that? “I’d call it Downton Abbey meets The Wire,” the director quipped. On the panel, White appeared with stars Rebecca Hall and Adelaide Clemens. Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays Christopher Tietjens, »

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