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Parade's End 2012

  • 2012-09-21T18:00:00-07:00
  • BBC Two
  • 2012-08-24T18:00:00-07:00
  • 60 mins
  • 5 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama
In Parade's End, a love triangle develops between the old-fashioned Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), his vindictive wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) and young suffragette Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens), in the midst of World War I and a Europe on the brink of profound change. As the war drags on, Christopher goes to fight in France, and leaves behind Sylvia, a son who may or may not be his and Valentine. He must ultimately decide who he is to remain with for the duration of his life: the beautiful yet manipulative Sylvia or the adoring Valentine.

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It takes a few episodes to get going. The first feels tonally strange, but by the third episode, it's a rich and involving character study about a man's outmoded values and perceptions of his honor. Cumberbatch, Hall, Clemens and the supporting cast are superb and it's a great looking production.

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