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Parade's End 1 Season 2012

Season 1
4.3 out of 5 stars (291) IMDb 7.7/10

Edwardian period drama starring Rebecca Hall and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Starring:
Roger Allam, Adelaide Clemens, Benedict Cumberbatch

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Season 1

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1. Parade's End - Episode 1

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

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: 1 January 2012
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2. Parade's End - Episode 2

Sylvia and Christopher are reunited, but their relationship remains turbulent.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: 1 January 2012
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3. Parade's End - Episode 3

Vicious rumours about Christopher lead to tragedy at Groby and Sylvia finds a new admirer.

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4. Parade's End - Episode 4

Sylvia is determined to seek out her husband in France before he enters the trenches.

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5. Parade's End - Episode 5

Valentine awaits news of Christopher as Sylvia makes a final play for him.

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Product Details

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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