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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great period drama!!
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,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not comparable to the book
Plot and characters reduced to fit into the 5-episode format, thus losing a lot, to the point that some of the characters' actions are incomprehensible or not sufficiently supported. Unfortunate casting for some of the roles: Cumberbatch is very well chosen for the part (although he's allowed to overdo the trembling lower lip thing), but Adeleide Clemens is hardly...
Published 14 months ago by Marta Serrano


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great period drama!!, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC at its best!, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly wonderful, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Encore!, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant script brilliantly acted, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully realised, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars An enigmatic character, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The BBC at its best, 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting. Just as i imagined it would be having read the book., 2 Dec 2012
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The fact that the author lived through this period of history and fought in the First World War himself, means that the details of life are revealed. For example, those sitting in desks in London thought they would do better if they saved money, rather than spending it on food and clothing for the men in the trenches. Returning soldiers were looked down on by men who had stayed at home, and found that many jobs had been taken by the time they got home. As for the blatant mismanagement and incompetence .........Tom Stopped has kept closely to the book, the acting is impeccable, as are the costumes. Can't fault it- another British film masterpiece!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is awesome!, 20 Nov 2012
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I never watch period drama - ever. But I watched this and was completely gripped. Everything about it is outstanding from the way it is shot to the brilliant script and above all the superlative acting; all helped along by the impossibly beautiful Adelaide Clemens as Valentine. Don't watch this just once; see it several times to pick up the myriad subtle connections scattered through the dialogue. Simply amazing.
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