Am I spamming you guys about Parade’s End? I feel like I might be. But, I so want everyone to watch it and get swoony with me and I’ve been swooning in a fairly limited bubble since October so my basic feeling on this topic is hurry up, HBO! The five-part drama premieres on February 26 and will air over three consecutive nights.
However, HBO apparently approves of my at least being quasi-spammy about it, as they keep releasing new things for us all to look at, including a new trailer and a cast conversations clip where the stars and production team discuss the project.
Based on Ford Madox Ford’s quartet of novels, the series follows 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.
Now for the real news: There’s a new trailer! It’s so pretty! Love the atmosphere they manage to infuse these spots with. Very swoony and romantic, all of which I approve of immensely.
Cumberbatch and Hall discuss their characters and the story of Parade’s End, alone with co-star Adelaide Clemens, director Susanna White and writer Sir Tom Stoppard. There’s also plenty of clips in this bit as well, if that’s really what you’re here for. (No judgment.)
Soooooo, since Downton will be over by this point – any interest in a recap series for those of you who don’t have HBO and/or just enjoy me sort of swooning and snarking at things? Am considering it, if there’d be interest.
As I’ve said before, in a lot of ways, Parade’s End is Downton Abbey’s dark twin – it’s not what I would call fun for the most part (it certainly lacks the soapy self-awareness), but it’s hard to shake. I don’t even know if I liked it, but I’m still thinking about it, which I think is a good thing.