Birdsong

9:00pm Sunday 29 January on BBC ONE

Eddie Redmayne and Clemence Poesy star as the passionate young lovers Stephen and Isabelle, brought together by love and torn apart by the First World War in BBC One’s adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ modern classic, Birdsong, adapted by award-winning writer Abi Morgan (The Hour, Iron Lady).

As Stephen recovers from his injuries, he is still haunted by memories of his affair with Isabelle. While he and his men prepare for a major offensive at The Somme, Stephen unexpectedly meets Isabelle again, but she is unable to explain why she left him, and Stephen goes into the attack in a state of turmoil, not sure whether or not he will see her again. The battle is devastating. Over the months that follow, Stephen begins to find comfort in his friendship with Jack Firebrace, and when Isabelle’s sister Jeanne reveals the secret which Isabelle had hidden from him, Stephen starts to believe, at last, that there is a future worth fighting for.

Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn, Richard II) stars as Stephen Wraysford; Clemence Poesy (28 Days Later, Harry Potter) is Isabelle Azaire; Joseph Mawle is Jack Firebrace; Richard Madden is Weir; Laurent Lafitte is Rene Azaire; Matthew Goode is Captain Gray; Anthony Andrews is Colonel Barclay and Marie Josee Croze is Jeanne Fourmentier.

9:00pm Sunday 22 January on BBC ONE

Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn, Richard II) and Clemence Poesy (28 Days Later, Harry Potter) star as the passionate young lovers Stephen and Isabelle, brought together by love and torn apart by the First World War, in BBC One’s adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s modern classic, Birdsong.

Adapted by Bafta award-winning Abi Morgan (The Hour, Iron Lady), the two parter spans the decade of the First World War, telling the story of Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman who, in 1910, arrives in Amiens, Northern France, to stay with the Azaire family and falls desperately in love with Isabelle Azaire.

They begin an illicit and all-consuming affair, with huge consequences for them both. Years later in 1916, Stephen finds himself serving on the Western Front in the very area where he experienced his great love. As he battles amidst the horror of the trenches he meets Jack Firebrace, a tunneller who unexpectedly helps him endure the ravages of war and enables him to make peace with his feelings for Isabelle, who he is destined to meet again.

Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Wraysford, Clemence Poesy is Isabelle Azaire, Joseph Mawle is Jack Firebrace, Richard Madden is Weir, Laurent Lafitte is Rene Azaire, Matthew Goode is Captain Gray, Anthony Andrews is Colonel Barclay and Marie Josee Croze is Jeanne Fourmentier.

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