Parade’s End

One of the finest things the BBC has ever made. – Grace Dent in The Independent

Parade’s End stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens, a deeply honourable man who finds himself the unlikely centre of a love triangle. His wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) is mercurial and adulterous and while separated briefly from her he meets the idealistic young suffragette Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens). He cares for his wife but his heart belongs to Valentine. But with World War I and the horrors of the Western Front looming in his future will life for Christopher ever be the same again?

Adapted by Sir Tom Stoppard from Ford Madox Ford’s tetralogy of novels into a 5 part series Parade’s End was produced by Mammoth Screen and aired to immense critical acclaim. It features an ensemble cast which is a veritable Who’s Who of British acting talent: Anne Marie-Duff, Roger Allam, Stephen Graham, Rupert Everett, Rufus Sewell, Miranda Richardson and Freddie Fox.

Parade’s End won best tv drama at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards beating tough competition. Parade’s End was also honoured with four Broadcasting Press Guild Awards for best drama series, best actor for Benedict Cumberbatch (winning jointly for his portrayal of both Christopher Tietjens and Sherlock),  best actress for Rebecca Hall for her stunning portrayal of Sylvia Tietjens and best writer for Sir Tom Stoppard.

The series is available to buy on dvd/blu ray and you can also purchase Sir Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of the script.