Revolves around a love triangle between a conservative English aristocrat, his mean socialite wife and a young suffragette.
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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 ...  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 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 3 episodes, 2012
Freddie Fox ...  Edward Wannop 3 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 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 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 Renee ...  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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English

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26 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Benedict Cumberbatch claimed that his character of Christopher Tietjen was one of the more admirable he has ever played. He claimed "[Christopher] has many admirable qualities I'd like to siphon off into my life." See more »

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First-class drama, outstanding, unusual, rewarding.
19 September 2012 | by alfa-16See all my reviews

Not since A Dance to the Music of Time has such a stellar cast been allied to such an artful and unusual script.

Ford Madox Ford is not a popular novelist. His work often approaches its subjects on an elliptical curve, his principal characters are seldom in the mainstream of society, forming odd relationships, requiring his audience to assimilate their understanding of them over the course of a whole work rather than categorise from their experience (or jump to conclusions based on genre). This explains why we don't see his work adapted very often. Or even at all.

Susanna White and Tom Stoppard have both grasped the nettle of demonstrating this sideways approach, though I'm not sure quite so many kaleidoscopic shots were necessary to drive the point home. Benedict Cumberbatch joins in, underlining his character's isolation with some rather off-putting facial gestures. Ronald Hines played Tietjens in the now lost 1960's adaptation and casting to type may have worked better than struggling with toning down the matinée idol status Cumberbatch has acquired since hitting Sherlock Holmes out of the park. Maybe if he and Stephen Graham had swapped roles the other characters might have found it easier to deal with Tietjens' self-enforced oddity but that may have impaired Ford's central point, beautifully delivered as the the climax to Episode 4.

But acting idiosyncrasies cannot mask the quality of the fabulous script or the overall adaptation which has a towering performance from Rebecca Hall and glittering additions from Rufus Sewell, Rupert Everett, Miranda Richardson, Roger Allam, Ann-Marie Duff and beautiful, note-perfect newcomer Adele Clemens.

With so much glossy soap about, it is extremely refreshing to have high quality, thought-provoking, challenging drama this good whatever the lead chooses to do with his jaw muscles.

A keeper.


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