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Parade's End [DVD]
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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
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A beautifully directed and acted period drama series based on a well-known series of books. The old story of morally right vs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dasboot
This is an absolutely brilliant movie. Typical Tom Stoppard. It is a slow portrait of an honourable man trying to be true in a society whose values are disappearing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peter
Thank goodness someone waded through Ford Maddox's prose & give us this engaging series.Published 3 months ago by Ms B. Ibanez
wonderful casting , great story , great performances all roundPublished 3 months ago by Mr Alex Drennan
One of the best mini series I have seen ,real quality ,if you are partial to quality period drama this is a mustPublished 3 months ago by Old Mick
..I fell asleep during parts of it. It looked beautiful, um.. That's the only compliment I have.Published 4 months ago by Jodie
I really enjoyed this. Benedict Cumberbatch's hair was a little odd, but it did help to make him appear 'uglier', since it really didn't suit, which fitted in with the story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by P