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As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.
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Series cast summary:
Eddie Redmayne ...  Stephen Wraysford 2 episodes, 2012
Clémence Poésy ...  Isabelle / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Matthew Goode ...  Captain Gray 2 episodes, 2012
Rory Keenan ...  Private Brennan 2 episodes, 2012
Thomas Turgoose ...  Private Tipper 2 episodes, 2012
Richard Madden ...  Captain Weir 2 episodes, 2012
Joseph Mawle ...  Jack Firebrace 2 episodes, 2012
Simon Nehan Simon Nehan ...  Evans 2 episodes, 2012
Daniel Cerqueira Daniel Cerqueira ...  Shaw 2 episodes, 2012
Nicholas Moss Nicholas Moss ...  RSM Price 2 episodes, 2012
Marie-Josée Croze ...  Jeanne 2 episodes, 2012
Matthew Aubrey Matthew Aubrey ...  Private Byrne 2 episodes, 2012
Paul Rattray ...  Tyson 2 episodes, 2012
Misi Dunai Misi Dunai ...  Riley 2 episodes, 2012
Piroska Molnár ...  Marguerite 2 episodes, 2012
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As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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UK

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English | French

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22 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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Birdsong - Gesang vom großen Feuer See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Despite having prominent billing, Matthew Goode only has around 15-20 minutes of screen time out of the nearly three hour series. See more »

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Very good for what they had to work with
30 January 2012 | by imattheendofmytetherSee all my reviews

Interesting backlash on this adaptation, this is the trouble when you try and put the subtlety of words in to pictures. I thought it was a great adaptation; I read the book and was pleased they got the main themes in (all bar the third storyline). I remember reading the book and not liking Stephen much and I didn't like him much here either and that continuity was pleasing. Yes some of it failed to get going, I thought the scene with the old lady and her daughter in the book was much more fraught and tense. But you know what, that was me reading into the work, you can't really do that when you are watching it. The graphics were a real weak link, the CGI battlefields were pitiful, lots of emotion as usual a distinct lack of blood or pain! With the centenary of the First World War coming up I can imagine they are holding some of their war cards close to their chest, but they could have put a little more effort into that. I enjoyed the acting and what they conveyed in a short space of time. I would have liked to have seen more character development of the soldiers, but hay we can't have everything. In all I thought it was a worthy piece of drama, and to all those who go on about the oral sex scene being unrealistic. Are you all experts in early 20th Century sexual practises?


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