A triumphant adaptation of a surprisingly little-known text, the BBC's sumptuous staging of Parade's End, the work of Ford Madox Ford, rightly earned no shortage of plaudits on its first transmission. Many of those were aimed in the direction of Sherlock star Benedict Cumbertbatch, who takes one of the leading roles, yet this first rate Edwardian-set period drama has plenty else about it, too.
The cornerstone of the BBC adaptation of Parade's End is the script from Tom Stoppard, which refuses to yield on the issues or intelligence of the source material. Married up to superb production values and a performance to equal Cumberbatch's from Rebecca Hall, this is first rate drama, spread across five engrossing episodes.
The story itself sees Cumberbatch as the aristocrat Christopher Tietjens, married to Hall's Sylvia. Their life as they know it, already threatened by the shadow of World War I, faces further disruption when a young suffragette by the name of Adelaide arrives. From there, a perhaps inevitable love triangle develops, one that's played out tremendously well. Parade's End certainly proves to be gripping drama.
The disc release also features a welcome bonus, that takes you behind the scenes of how Parade's End was put together. That in itself proves to be an interesting story, and proves to the proverbial icing on an already exquisite cake. --Jon Foster
This is sublime TV created from a set of sublime books. Ford Maddox Ford's set of books - there are four, but the author was dissatisfied with the final one, which although it... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Ann McCabe
Great service, super fast Postage. Highly recommended. Thank you.Published 1 month ago by Angela Wingfield
Having read the book by Ford Maddox Ford, I was pleased when it was made into a series. Thoroughly enjoyed this DVD and felt the characters were well cast by the actors chosen.Published 1 month ago by Mr C
Top quality film and well above average acting and producing.Published 1 month ago by Douglas F Turner
This is a story of a man (Christopher Tietjens) with such a strong sense of his values that he follows them even to the detriment of his own happiness. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rip
A total privilege to watch this - I haven't read the book and as ever, if you love the book then the characters aren't necessarily as you've imagined them, but for me this was... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lynda Rothbarth
I love this cd. I watched it twice it was so good. Excellent condition and arrived quickly.Published 4 months ago by Lindylou
One of the best BBC drama productions of the last 20 years. Although Stoppard has produced a miracle of adaptation of the three source books, it still needs (and rewards) very... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen Bishop
This product's forum
Search Customer Discussions