This seven part, BBC award winning production is based on Olivia Manning’s ‘Balkan’ and ‘Levant’ trilogies. It charts the war-time marriage of idealistic lecturer Guy Pringle, Kenneth Branagh, and his forthright wife Harriet, Emma Thompson as they travel to Romania, Greece, Egypt and Syria to escape the ravishes of war. On their journey, they encounter numerous ex-patriots most notably, the interminably impoverished Prince Yakimov, unscrupulous Lush and Dubedat, Byron fanatic Lord Pinkrose, naïve soldier Simon Boulderstone and poet Bill Castlebar. As their lives become entwined, Guy and Harriet’s relationship becomes soured under the strain of the war and their contrasting perspectives on life and love. Ronald Pickup, Alan Bennet, Rupert Graves and Caroline Langrishe are amongst the illustrious support cast in this humorous, poignant and meticulously produced period drama.