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"Parade's End" on HBO This Week!
Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:36 PM
Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:39 AM
With the screenplay by Tom Stoppard and an utterly superb cast it's hard to imagine not liking it. With that said....
The four related novels were adapted for television by Sir Tom Stoppard for the BBC as a five-part serial, and was first broadcast on BBC Two on 24 August 2012. Here's a BBC description:
While I'm sure it will be excellent, had it appeared on PBS we likely would be comparing it to other familiar British dramas set in this time period. As one Guardian favorable review noted:
Parade's End is a flagship five-part drama adapted by internationally acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard (Empire Of The Sun, Shakespeare In Love, Anna Karenina) from a quartet of novels by Ford Madox Ford, widely acknowledged be one of the literary masterworks of the 20th century. It is directed by multi Emmy-nominated and Bafta-winning film maker Susanna White (Bleak House, Jane Eyre, Generation Kill, Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang).
Parade's End is set during a formative period of British history – from the twilight years of the Edwardian era to the end of the First World War. At its centre is English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Cumberbatch), his beautiful but wilful wife Sylvia (Hall), and Valentine Wannop, a young suffragette, played by Logie-nominated actress Adelaide Clemens (Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Generation Um, The Great Gatsby).
It boasts a supporting cast including such acting luminaries as Roger Allam (The Queen, The Woman In Black) Anne-Marie Duff (The Virgin Queen, Nowhere Boy), Rupert Everett (The Importance Of Being Earnest, Hysteria), Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Clare Higgins (A Fantastic Fear Of Everything, The Golden Compass), Janet McTeer (The Woman In Black, Albert Nobbs) and Miranda Richardson (Made In Dagenham, The Lost Prince).
My intent is to watch it as if it appeared on consecutive Sundays on PBS.
There's also the question of whether we're fast approaching saturation point when it comes to early 20th-century drama, what with Downton Abbey, Birdsong, Titanic and the upcoming Mr Selfridge on ITV1. "I'm sick of this posh porn" one rival drama producer told me the other day. And for some, that might well have been a contributing factor to whether they stuck with the drama.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 04:19 AM
This is such a blessing coming in a general dearth of quality drama after Downton ended and HBO has nothing credible in its Sunday slot right now. And PBS Sunday has that horrid murder mystery crap going on. Good grief, they milk that tripe year round now! Must be cheap to make, the BBC is cutting way back on production funds.