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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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At one point, Ewan McGregor had planned to star with Paul Greengrass directing, but by the time the project became viable, McGregor was too old for the lead. See more »

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Beautifully photographed but dull
29 May 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I was expecting much from Birdsong. I had read the book three years ago for my English A Levels course, and found myself utterly transfixed by the poignant and gut-wrenching story. Since then, Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong has become one of my favourite books of all time. This series does have its good parts. It is photographed beautifully, exquisitely even, the scenery is wonderful in the whole part of the story before Stephen goes off to war, I liked the contrast between the lush pre-war scenes and the bleak colour palette of war itself the music is effective in its simplicity and there are two good performances, the scene-stealing Jack Firebrace of Joseph Mawle and the emotionally complex Jeanne of Marie-Josee Croze. Sadly, I never found myself convinced by the story and characters. This is not helped by a script that is largely incoherent, characters that excepting perhaps Jeanne are lifeless cardboard cut-outs(I know they are not likable characters to begin with but still there is a difference between that and the characters having no life at all) and sluggish pacing. I also found Eddie Redmayne and Clemence Posey miscast, Redmayne is handsome certainly but he was also wooden and uncharismatic while Posey has no chemistry with him and looks like twenty years younger than her novelistic counterpart. The story has scenes that are either condensed(naturally considering the time) or almost endlessly stretched out(not so much), but it was the lack of atmosphere and drama that really spoiled Birdsong. The intimate scenes between Stephen and Isabelle weren't that intimate to me as both actors looked in pain during those scenes, and the war scenes due to the poorly rendered battlefields weren't poignant, tense or gut-wrenching enough. Overall, does have some good things such as the beautiful photography, but the pacing and lack of drama made Birdsong rather dull in my opinion, sorry. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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