Parade’s End

9:00pm Friday 21 September on BBC TWO

In the final episode Christopher is sent to the Front with McKechnie and Perowne. While Valentine waits for news of Christopher, Sylvia – now ensconced at Groby – makes one final, desperate play for him.

Parade’s End is a five-part drama adapted by internationally acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard from a quartet of novels by Ford Madox Ford, widely acknowledged to be one of the literary masterworks of the 20th century. It is directed by multi award-winning filmmaker Susanna White, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall.

Cast: Christopher Tietjens is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvia Tietjens by Rebecca Hall, Valentine Wannop by Adelaide Clemens. Other cast includes Janet McTeer as Mr Satterthwaite, Stephen Graham as Vincent MacMaster, Rupert Everett as Mark Tietjens, Roger Allam as General Campion, Miranda Richardson as Mrs Wannop, Anne-Marie Duff as Edith Duchemin, Tom Mison as Perowne and Patrick Kennedy as McKechnie.

9:00pm Friday 14 September on BBC TWO

At Rouen, an exhausted Christopher prepares soldiers for the draft. Back in London Sylvia decides to visit her husband in France, oblivious to the consequences her trip will have for him.

Parade’s End is a five-part drama adapted by playwright and screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard from a quartet of novels by Ford Madox Ford, which are widely acknowledged be one of the literary masterworks of the 20th Century. It is directed by multi award-winning film maker Susanna White and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall.

Cast: Christopher Tietjens is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvia Tietjens by Rebecca Hall, Valentine Wannop by Adelaide Clemens. Other cast includes Rupert Everett as Mark Tietjens, Roger Allam as General Campion and Miranda Richardson as Mrs Wannop.

9:30pm Friday 7 September on BBC TWO

Vicious rumours about Christopher abound, leading to tragedy at his family estate, Groby. Sylvia finds a new admirer who proves a distraction as the war continues and Valentine moves to London. Meanwhile Edith and MacMaster plan a new life together.

Widely acknowledged as one of the literary masterworks of the 20th Century, ?Ford Madox Ford’s quartet of novels Parade’s End is adapted into a five-part drama by playwright and screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard. The drama is directed by multi award-winning film maker Susanna White and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall.

Cast: Christopher Tietjens is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvia Tietjens by Rebecca Hall, Valentine Wannop by Adelaide Clemens. Other cast includes Janet McTeer as Mr Satterthwaite, Stephen Graham as Vincent MacMaster, Rupert Everett as Mark Tietjens, Miranda Richardson as Mrs Wannop and Anne-Marie Duff as Edith Duchemin.

Ep 3/5

9:00pm Friday 31 August on BBC TWO

While Sylvia and Christopher are publicly reunited, their private relationship remains turbulent. In the run up to war Christopher finds himself torn between his marriage vows and his feelings for Valentine.

Widely acknowledged as one of the literary masterworks of the 20th Century, ?Ford Madox Ford’s quartet of novels Parade’s End is adapted by playwright and screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard. The drama is directed by multi award-winning film maker Susanna White and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall.?

Cast: Christopher Tietjens is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvia Tietjens by Rebecca Hall, Valentine Wannop by Adelaide Clemens. Other cast includes Janet McTeer as Mr Satterthwaite, Stephen Graham as Vincent MacMaster, Rupert Everett as Mark Tietjens, Roger Allam as General Campion, Miranda Richardson as Mrs Wannop and Anne-Marie Duff as Edith Duchemin.

Ep 2/5

9:00pm Friday 24 August on BBC TWO

The five-part drama is adapted by Sir Tom Stoppard from Ford Madox Ford’s quartet of novels, widely acknowledged be one of the literary masterworks of the 20th century. It is directed by multi award-winning film maker Susanna White and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall.

In the dying days of Edwardian England, aristocrat Christopher Tietjens enters into a destructive marriage with the beautiful but cruel socialite Sylvia. Ignoring her overt flirtation with other men, Christopher resolves to remain faithful to her, even when he encounters fearless young suffragette Valentine.

Cast; Christopher Tietjens is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvia Tietjens by Rebecca Hall, Valentine Wannop by Adelaide Clemens. Other cast includes Janet McTeer as Mr Satterthwaite, Stephen Graham as Vincent MacMaster, Rupert Everett as Mark Tietjens, Roger Allam as General Campion, Miranda Richardson as Mrs Wannop and Anne-Marie Duff as Edith Duchemin.

Ep 1/5

Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, announced today that BBC Two will bring Ford Maddox Ford’s masterpiece, Parade’s End, to the screen next year.

It will be adapted by the highly acclaimed British playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, directed by Bafta-winning Susanna White and made by Mammoth Screen through BBC Wales Drama.

Stoppard returns to British television after 20 years with this five-hour commission considered by many as one of the great undiscovered works of the 20th century.

Sir Tom Stoppard says: “The BBC came to me with the idea of adapting Ford’s novel for TV two years ago. I had never read it and I fell in love with it. Parade’s End has been my main pre-occupation since then. The title covers a quartet of books set among the upper class in Edwardian England, mostly from 1911 to the end of the Great War. I spent about 18 months on the dramatisation of the novel into five 60-minute episodes, working with the BBC producer Piers Wenger and with Damien Timmer of Mammoth, the independent production company. I confess I feel a bit proud of it, and now that Susanna White has come on board to direct Parade’s End I’m thoroughly excited about it.”

This announcement further demonstrates BBC Two’s commitment to re-establish its reputation as the home of intelligent and ambitious drama reflecting the new strategy and investment for drama on the channel.

Set between the twilight of the Edwardian era and the end of the First World War, Parade’s End’s biggest pre-occupation is a love triangle between English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens, his beautiful but cruel wife Sylvia and Valentine Wannop, a young suffragette who he falls madly in love with.

Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “Tom Stoppard is without a doubt one of the world’s finest writers and we are thrilled to welcome him back to the BBC with his extraordinary and witty take on a complex novel.”

Damien Timmer, Joint Managing Director and Executive Producer, Mammoth Screen, says: “It’s a great privilege to work with Tom Stoppard on his dazzling adaptation of Parade’s End. It’s a hugely ambitious project, and with brilliant director Susanna White at the helm, we’re hoping to attract a stellar cast in what will be a unique television event.”

Piers Wenger, Executive Producer, BBC Wales Drama says: “Parade’s End is Ford Maddox Ford’s masterpiece and the BBC is immensely privileged to have a dramatist of Sir Tom Stoppard’s extraordinary calibre to bring it to life.”

Michele Buck, Joint Managing Director and Executive Producer, Mammoth Screen, says: “To make such a prestigious project as Parade’s End demonstrates the range of Mammoth Screen’s drama slate, and our commitment to working with the very best talent.”

Executive Producers for Mammoth are Damien Timmer and Michele Buck and Piers Wenger for BBC Wales. Parade’s End will be directed by award-winning director Susanna White (Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang, Generation Kill, Bleak House) and commissioned by Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two, and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning.

 

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