Parade's End

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Parade's End
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AIRED ON 9/21/2012

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Season 1 : Episode 5

Show Summary

A five-part World War I miniseries, starring Brits Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall and written by Tom Stoppard.
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  • Lots of money on display, but not too much coherence.

    7.5
    Ford Madox Ford's novels have been adapted quite freely by Tom Stoppard, and a great deal has been left out. What has been put in is, chiefly, money - this is the sort of lavish, prestige mini-series which, nowadays, the BBC could only possibly manage with the help of an American co-production deal. HBO's lovely money has purchased, not merely Sir Tom (his first television writing in over twenty years), but an all-star cast which proves to be, to far too great an extent, unnecessary. Why Rupert Everett, Denis Lawson, Clare Higgins, Ronald Pickup, Rufus Sewell and Geoffrey Palmer were deemed vital for their brief roles is anyone's guess - many much less renowned actors (who might need the money rather more) could have filled out the parts quite adequately. There's rather less of the messy horrors of war, and rather more of the lavish life-styles of Edwardian upper-crusters, than might be considered ideal. Yet parts of it are very good indeed, certain performers (especially newcomer Adelaide Clemens) are impressive and the ending of the story is most effective. One might have wished to get to it rather faster, though.moreless
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