Parade's End 1 Season 2012

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1. Parade's End - Episode 1 AGES_15_AND_OVER

Christopher Tietjens enters into a painful marriage with the beautiful but cruel Sylvia.

Starring:
Roger Allam, Adelaide Clemens
Runtime:
58 minutes

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Parade's End - Episode 1

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Susanna White
Starring Roger Allam, Adelaide Clemens
Supporting actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Anne Marie Duff, Rupert Everett, Stephen Graham, Rebecca Hall, Janet McTeer, Miranda Richardson
Season year 2012
Network BBC Worldwide
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Molly on 28 May 2013
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Being a fan of a good period drama, as-well-as a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch i naturally just had to watch this 5 part drama. 'Downton Abbey' it sure aint!! There's no comparison really, i find it a far more superior drama. It may not be to everyones taste and you really have to follow it carefully as it is based on the famous Ford Maddox Ford book which is a tough, but great read. Thankfully i read the book after seeing the series. So if you are into a good period drama which gives a good realistic insight into what life was like during the first world war, tackling society, class differences ....and a lot of 'gossip'!!!! and of course brilliant acting from an equally brilliant cast.....well this is for you.....and then go get the book!!
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Thoughtful on 2 Nov 2012
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This is a wonderful dramatisation of Ford Maddox Ford's novel Parade's End, following the life of Christopher Teijen's, an Edwardian gentleman, through the early years of the 20th Century until the end of the First World War. The production is lavish and performances by Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, and other noteable British actors are sublime. Not to be missed, loved it and have sent it to several friends abroad!
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Aktas on 4 Oct 2012
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The 4 books are long, difficult...and rewarding: this was early modernism, and used an unfamiliar style, which aimed to unearth a deeper reality. I would suggest that Tom Stoppard successfully reflects this in his dramatization. Human thought is never linear and rarely coherent. The actors were spot-on: Benedict Cumberbatch is mesmerizing and Rebecca hall played Sylvia to perfection. I was entranced. A glorious piece of television drama - poetic, ethereal, gritty, wise and with that wonderful bleak humour....sheer bliss
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Pet Noir on 22 Nov 2012
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The concept of Parade's End highlighted the behaviour of an era. And how life and love and war can change society. With the central character, a conservative English aristocrat, played by the delicious Benedict Cumberbatch, torn between two very different women. He, like his world, will never be the same. So beautifully shot, so brilliantly played, I watched it twice in a row!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Austin on 15 July 2013
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Love this adaptation of a complex book. Stoppard's adaptation is brilliantly realised by the director, who gets the most from her actors. I would recommend reading the book too, as there are elements that could not translate to the screen.
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94 of 104 people found the following review helpful By docb on 9 Sep 2012
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It was always going to be hard to capture the essence of the Edwardian era and the subtleties of manners of the time, as well as deciding what to keep in and what to omit in what was, already, a long, complex text. However, with a script by the very talented Tom Stoppard, a playwright with many intelligent and densely allusional scripts behind him already, some great photography (some of the shots look like paintings they are so beautifully composed) and some (although not all at all times) excellent acting, this series really shows what the BBC can accomplish when it makes the effort. The brief bits of humour also break up the intensity and provide some lighter moments. A Highly accomplished achievement. Do buy it.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By walterwhite on 26 Nov 2012
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Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed a fascinating and enigmatic character, rare in television drama. This was an absorbing, well-paced series, which I watched straight over again once the DVD came out in order to pick up nuances missed during the first television outing. Being a literary adaption however, the gaps were noticeable (I have not read the novels, but like most of these dramas compression of narrative sometimes leaves one wishing for a bit more - but perhaps that's the whole point). All the actors were, I thought, rendered their characters pretty much perfectly.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Ian Moone on 19 Sep 2012
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The acting from Cumberbatch and Hall (understated and theatrical respectively) is masterclass and fits Christopher and Sylvia perfectly. The script is genius and the photography breathtaking. The presentation of the story though is a bit different from the book. This is more Sylvia-centric (just count the number of monologues and screen time Sylvia has). The book on the other hand focuses on Christopher more. You get more from Valentine as well. Nonetheless, this is a reminder that the BBC makes period drama best.
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