Parade's End

Season 1 Episode 1

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Aired Unknown Aug 24, 2012 on HBO
8.3
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Christopher Tietjens, out of an old-fashioned sense of duty, enters upon a disastrous marriage with the selfish and exploitative Sylvia in pre-World War One England.

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  • Is a good man in a bad world always doomed?

    7.5
    This is a star-laden, lavishly-produced adaptation - by Sir Tom Stoppard, no less - of the Tietjens novels of Ford Madox Ford, which were also the basis of a trio of TV plays put out on BBC-2 in the mid-60s. Sir Tom has taken a few liberties with the books in order to squeeze them into five one-hour episodes, and this first episode doesn't quite work. Things are rushed through, relationships aren't properly established, eccentricities are emphasized over character. The notion of Christopher Tietjens as a man whose elaborate code of honour must bring him pain and continuous suffering is established clearly, yet Benedict Cumberbatch, playing him, seems excessively puritanical and aloof - this Tietjens is a hard man for whom to have the requisite sympathy. Rebecca Hall enjoys herself as his monstrous wife, but Stephen Graham's Scots accent seems very strange. Adelaide Clemens, a newcomer in a starry cast, acquits herself very well as the suffragette Valentine.moreless
Adelaide Clemens

Adelaide Clemens

Valentine Wannop

Recurring Role

Rupert Everett

Rupert Everett

Mark Tietjens

Recurring Role

Miranda Richardson

Miranda Richardson

Mrs. Wannop

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