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Last year, fans of epic First World War novel Birdsong, written by Sebastian Faulks, were finally treated to an on-screen version of the story. Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables, My Week with Marilyn) and Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter, 127 Hours) starred in a two-part adaptation which aired on the BBC. This interpretation won many admirers and had an impressive sense of scale for a TV series. However, many fans of the book still eagerly await a fully-fledged cinematic version.

Over the years there have been numerous surges in the film industry to adapt Faulks' vision, but all attempts have ultimately ended in failure, after becoming bogged down in no-man's-land (pardon the awful pun). A plethora of leading men have been linked to, or even contracted to play, the novel's hero, Stephen Wraysford. Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes, Side Effects) was a very strong possibility at one point and Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, »

- Liam Trim

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