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on 13 September 2015
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. In his relationships; his conduct in war; and the way he deals with friends and money, he does not compromise on his sense of doing the right thing. The novel shows how doing the right thing takes great commitment. In a fairly unique and subtle way, through observations of and interactions with other characters, he becomes someone worthy of admiration and someone to be respected.

Christopher Tietjens' portrayal by Benedict Cumberbatch is excellent and he manages to give a real sense of the strength of character, making him stoical and controlled while at the same time a likeable figure of strength and dignity.

I was also impressed by Rebecca Hall's portrayal of Sylivia. Her performance gives a good balance of someone who who is cruel without making her a figure of complete hate. Her cruelty is portrayed almost like she is a victim of her own playfulness that has crossed the line too many times.

The performances of the actors are all of a high standard and Ford Maddox Ford has made the characters interesting and compelling.

An excellent series.
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on 30 May 2015
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 close attention to get every nuance. Every performance if closely observed and the production as a whole has a tremendous confidence. Cumberbatch simply is Tientjins; but the very best performance is Rebecca Hall's as his wife, a wonderful balace of longing, hate, disdain and need. She was nominated for an Emmy and should have got it. Episodes 1 and 4 in particular are miracles of television.
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on 10 October 2016
Good performances by most of the cast. It's not a love story, more of an end of an era and social commentary. Cumberbatch's performance is excellent and understated which really suited the character.
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on 16 April 2017
Loved when saw this on TV a few years ago - rather too much of BENEDICT ON THE TELLY THESE DAYS . however this is wonderfully realised visual of Ford Maddox Ford book and he is terrific in this
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on 6 June 2017
Brought this for a present for a neighbour and thought it was great
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on 14 March 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch is an excellent Television actor and one that does this book well, but I still prefer reading the book
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on 24 March 2014
Quite possibly one of the best things I have ever watched. Heartbreaking, frustrating and joyous. Benedict Cumberbatch is outstanding as is Rebecca Hall. Their quality shines through every scene. Highly, highly recommend.
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on 11 May 2017
Drama of the highest quality
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Portrait of a love triangle in changing times, the Great War ensuring nothing will be the same. Straitlaced upper class Christopher (Benedict Cumberbatch) is trapped in marriage to scheming Sylvia (Rebecca Hall), but prefers young suffragette Valentine (Adelaide Clemens).

Five hour long episodes. This ambitious production has much to commend it, but needs full attention - parts hard to follow, especially in the early stages. (That initial passion in a railway compartment may, for some, prove a major stumbling block - totally uncharacteristic and defying credibility.) Visually evocative and impressive, there are many familiar faces further to enhance - some appearing only fleetingly, others in unexpected roles (not least Rufus Sewell as a deranged clergyman). A fifty minute bonus feature looks behind the scenes, the cast discussing their roles - Rebecca Hall candid about Sylvia being a cow, a relief to viewers who may have felt themselves too judgmental.

Craftsmanship is evident in every department, with much praise for Tom Stoppard's adaptation. Many clearly were hooked all the way through. Some, though, may feel an essential ingredient lacking - one that invites full viewer involvement, a real caring for the characters.

Lasting memory? For me it has to be that movingly symbolic cedar - for centuries a cherished feature, now felled to let in light.
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on 5 May 2016
A beautifully directed and acted period drama series based on a well-known series of books. The old story of morally right vs. morally wrong takes on a whole new dimension in this portrayal of of Edwardian and Georgian Britain. Given who the principal actor is, it is a tad funny that he should be such a caricature of Mycroft in his obsession with statistics and how they can be made to work for the ordinary person. Still, a delight to watch and re-watch!
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