Parade's End

Season 1 Episode 3

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Aired Unknown Sep 07, 2012 on HBO
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Tietjens is the subject of much slanderous gossip (partly as a result of Sylvia's foolishness), and his military career in World War I is held back as a result. His father abruptly commits suicide.

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  • The Reverend Duchemin commits suicide, Christopher Tietjens is the object of much slanderous gossip and then his father shoots himself.

    7.5
    Is this ambitious adaptation ever going to click into place? One keeps waiting for it to be brilliant, one certainly keeps watching, one hopes for a sense of illumination that will make the whole the sum of its parts - but it never happens. Poor, awkward, honorable Tietjens, a man out of sync with the world even before it starts going to hell in a handcart during the First World War, ought to be a lot more sympathetic than Benedict Cumberbatch (enunciating most peculiarly) makes him, and at times, his desperate chivalry even seems rather tiresome to us - something which should never happen. Adelaide Clemens has a better time of it as the lively suffragette Valentine, but this version doesn't seem to know quite what to do with her. As is becoming usual with the BBC's big literary adaptations, far too many fine actors are wasted in bit parts, although a few - Janet McTeer, Anne-Marie Duff, Alan Howard - make a great deal out of what they've got to work with.moreless
Adelaide Clemens

Adelaide Clemens

Valentine Wannop

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Rupert Everett

Rupert Everett

Mark Tietjens

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Anne-Marie Duff

Anne-Marie Duff

Edith Duchemin

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