The five-part miniseries is written by no less than Sir Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Arcadia) and is based on a series of four novels by Ford Madox Ford. Parade’s End will follow the story of English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Cumberbatch) and his wife Sylvia (Hall) from the last years of the Edwardian era through the end of the First World War.
Watch for yourself below and let us know what you think. (And a big thank you to the enterprising YouTube uploader who put this up for us Yanks!)
For the lucky folks in the UK, Parade’s End premieres on BBC Two next week. Technically, the drama is a co-production with HBO, which would normally indicate that the pay cable network will be airing the series Stateside at some point. Unfortunately, it wasn’t presented during HBO’s recent Television Critics Association session, and general internet scuttlebutt seems to indicate a likely American broadcast sometime during 2013. Womp womp. Luckily, I suppose Cumberbatch fans have learned nothing if not how to be patient, or possibly have recognized the many benefits of having a DVD player that’s region-free. Parade’s End definitely looks as though it will be worth the wait though, however long that might turn out to be.
Thoughts? Does this look like a winner to you? Or have people hit their limit on Edwardian drama thanks to Downton Abbey?