Parade's End Comes to the US


The five-part miniseries Parade’s End, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will be shown on HBO on February 26, 27 and 28, 2013.

Set in the World War I era, the HBO-BBC series was adapted by renowned playwright Tom Stoppard from four novels by Ford Maddox Ford. Rebecca Hall, Adelaide Clemens, Rupert Everett, Miranda Richardson, Jane McTeer and other well-known actors play the family and friends of Christopher and Sylvia Tietjens.

The series was broadcast last summer in the UK and earned critical kudos for all aspects of the script, acting, and production directed by Susanna White.

Tom Stoppard
This is Sir Thomas Stoppard’s first television play in thirty years.  His success with original drama and adaptations for films is legendary.  Speaking for myself (Victoria here), I love the way his plays always have multiple levels of meaning.  Arcadia is my absolute favorite. But the choice for second place among his works would be impossible, e.g. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (play and film), Shakespeare in Love (film), etc. etc.

Ford Maddox Ford (1873–1939 wrote novels, poetry, and criticism; he edited several journals and was a well-known member of influential literary circles in the 1920’s.  He is probably best remembered for his 1915 novel The Good Soldier.

For more information, the trailer for the series, and interviews with participants, click here.

The series will be available on HBO On Demand in many markets — or you can have a copy for yourself!


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