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Parade's End 

TV-MA | | Action, Drama, Romance | TV Mini-Series (2012)
Revolves around a love triangle between a conservative English aristocrat, his mean socialite wife and a young suffragette.
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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Benedict Cumberbatch ...  Christopher Tietjens 5 episodes, 2012
Rebecca Hall ...  Sylvia Tietjens 5 episodes, 2012
Roger Allam ...  General Campion 5 episodes, 2012
Adelaide Clemens ...  Valentine Wannop 5 episodes, 2012
Rupert Everett ...  Mark Tietjens 5 episodes, 2012
Miranda Richardson ...  Mrs. Wannop 5 episodes, 2012
Sasha Waddell Sasha Waddell ...  Glorvina 5 episodes, 2012
Janet McTeer ...  Mrs. Satterthwaite 4 episodes, 2012
Clare Higgins ...  Lady Claudine 4 episodes, 2012
Tom Mison ...  Potty Perowne 4 episodes, 2012
Stephen Graham ...  Vincent Macmaster 4 episodes, 2012
Malcolm Sinclair ...  Sandbach 4 episodes, 2012
Anne-Marie Duff ...  Edith Duchemin 4 episodes, 2012
Ned Dennehy ...  Father Consett 3 episodes, 2012
Anna Skellern ...  Bobbie Pelham 3 episodes, 2012
Lucinda Raikes ...  Hullo Central - Evie 3 episodes, 2012
Sylvestra Le Touzel ...  Marchant 3 episodes, 2012
Alan Howard ...  Tietjens Senior 3 episodes, 2012
Jonathan Coy ...  Bertram 3 episodes, 2012
Candida Benson Candida Benson ...  Effie 3 episodes, 2012
Jack Huston ...  Gerald Drake 3 episodes, 2012
Rufus Sewell ...  Reverend Duchemin 3 episodes, 2012
Patrick Kennedy ...  McKechnie 2 episodes, 2012
Freddie Fox ...  Edward Wannop 2 episodes, 2012
Elliot Levey ...  Colonel Levin 2 episodes, 2012
Ronald Pickup ...  General Haggard 2 episodes, 2012
Misha Handley Misha Handley ...  Michael - 4 years old 2 episodes, 2012
Leslie de Gruyter ...  Lord Beichen 2 episodes, 2012
Christopher Bowen ...  Reverend - Effie's Husband 2 episodes, 2012
Emma Dewhurst Emma Dewhurst ...  First Teacher 2 episodes, 2012
Lucy Briers Lucy Briers ...  Mrs. Ferguson 2 episodes, 2012
Anna Maguire ...  Latin Teacher 2 episodes, 2012
Tilly Blackwood ...  Second Teacher 2 episodes, 2012
Tim McMullan ...  Stephen Waterhouse 2 episodes, 2012
Jamie Parker Jamie Parker ...  Brownlie 2 episodes, 2012
Rudi Goodman Rudi Goodman ...  Michael - 8 years old 2 episodes, 2012
Denis Lawson ...  Sir Reginald 2 episodes, 2012
Pierre Van Heddegem Pierre Van Heddegem ...  Capitaine Thurston 2 episodes, 2012
Sebastian Armesto ...  Ruggles 2 episodes, 2012
Lyne Renée ...  Marie-Léonie 2 episodes, 2012
Jurgen Delnaet ...  Critic at Macmaster's Flat 2 episodes, 2012
Siobhan Hewlett ...  Michaelangelo Woman 2 episodes, 2012
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Story is set against the backdrop of WWI and follows Christopher Tietjens, a top civil servant from a background of wealth and privilege, whose marriage flounders almost as soon as it begins. He falls in love with another woman, but he remains honorable for some considerable time to Sylvia who has several affairs. On top of this, Chris is dealing with shell shock and partial memory loss that he endures during the war. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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The series covers the women's suffrage movement during 1914. Anne-Marie Duff who plays Edith Duchemine, played a dedicated feminist activist in Suffragette (2015) See more »

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Featured in The One Show: Episode #7.133 (2012) See more »

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One of the best TV adaptations of a literary classic, ever!
14 February 2014 | by The_late_Buddy_RyanSee all my reviews

I'm sure that HBO marketing execs were relieved that, if they were going to get behind a 5-part series based on Ford Madox Ford's complex and not terribly well known 20th-century masterpiece, at least some of it would be set in a stately home in the north of England, like that other show about the downtown abbey.

Ford's a great one for interior monologue and multiple points of view and such, but Tom Stoppard's masterly adaptation channels the great muddy river of his prose into a lively, involving narrative—though there's still enough time-shifting and flashbacking, even some Eisenstein-style montage, to do honor to Ford's avant-garde intentions. Considering what difficult material he's dealing with, it's one of the best TV adaptations ever!

Benedict Cumberbatch has always done well in period films, and he seems like the only possible choice for Christopher Tietjens, a self-styled 18th-century gentleman (the time period of the series is roughly 1908-19) and omniscient civil servant, but obstinate, brusque and arrogant as well (maybe even a little like Sherlock?). Rebecca Hall is riveting and surprisingly sympathetic as Tietjens's deceitful wife, Sylvia, and Aussie actress Adelaide Clemens is a revelation as Valentine, the virginal suffragette he meets and falls in love with in two of the series's most powerful scenes. (Tietjens and Sylvia, though usually at cross-purposes, are determined not to divorce—it's complicated….)

Tietjens is described by one of his wife's admirers as a "bloody great bolster" of a man—BC didn't have time to bulk up for the part, obviously—but he emerges as a poignant, even romantic, figure, with only the memory of the night he falls in love with Valentine to sustain him through six years of frustration, disappointment and danger. Perhaps it's easy to see why some viewers didn't find this storyline or this character very "relatable."

Long story short, '"Parade's End" isn't as accessible as an original costume drama devised for a contemporary audience, like "Downton," but it's decidedly worth watching. We didn't have a problem with BC's enunciation, but some of the dialogue, especially in the scenes with excited Welsh soldiers in the trenches, is admittedly not so easy to follow. (Next time we'll try the subtitles.) Great cinematography; kudos to the first-rate British cast, with special mention to Stephen Graham as Tietjens's fair-weather friend Macmasters and Rufus Sewell in a Pythonesque turn as a sex-crazed clergyman. An interview with Stoppard on disc two sheds some light on his process.


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