Friday, September 16, 2011

Parade's End

Filming has just started on Parade's End a five part serial for BBC2 / HBO, adapted by Sir Tom Stoppard from the novels by Ford Madox Ford, directed by Susanna White, and produced by David Parfitt and Selwyn Roberts. The series will shoot in England and Belgium until December.

Benedict Cumberbatch will star as English aristocrat Christoper Tietjens, Rebecca Hall (currently to be seen in The Awakening) will play his wife Sylvia.

21 year old Australian rising star Adelaide Clemens has been cast as Valentine, the high-spirited young suffragette with whom Christopher falls head-over-heels in love.

PARADE'S END is the story of a destructive love triangle, set against the backdrop of a society on the brink of catastrophe. As the comfortable certainties of Edwardian England give way to the chaos and destruction of the First World War, English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens finds himself marrying Sylvia, a beautiful but cruel socialite who is pregnant with a child who may or may not be his. Christopher is determined to remain loyal to his wife despite her string of infidelities, but his life is transformed the day he meets Valentine Wannop, a fearless young suffragette with whom he falls madly in love.

Woven through this central love triangle are the personal stories of a kaleidoscope of characters whose lives are touched by the outbreak of war: Father Consett, a Catholic priest fighting for Irish independence;
Edith Duchemin, the wife of a deranged reverend who begins an affair with Macmaster; Valentine's family, who are persecuted for their pacifist stance; and General Campion, Christopher's godfather who is convinced that Sylvia is a saint. Taken together, they offer a vivid impression of a unique generation.

The supporting cast includes Roger Allam, Anne-Marie Duff, Rupert Everett, Stephen Graham, Clare Higgins, Janet McTeer and Miranda Richardson.
Also starring are Freddie Fox, Jack Huston, Tom Mison, Geoffrey Palmer, Jamie Parker and Steven Robertson.

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