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As the apparent stability of Edwardian England give way to chaos and destruction, English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens finds himself marrying Sylvia, a beautiful but cruel socialite who is pregnant with a child who may or may not be his. Christopher is determined to remain loyal to his wife despite her string of infidelities, but his life is transformed the day he meets Valentine Wannop, a fearless young suffragette. Moving from the glittering yet shallow world of London high society to the trench-scarred battlefields of France, Parade's End is the story of one of the defining eras of the last century; a time when old certainties are being torn down and lives are changed forever.
|1||HDVideoEpisode 1||In the dying days of Edwardian England, aristocrat Christopher Tietjens enters into a destructive marriage with the beautiful but cruel socialite Sylvia who bears a son that may or may not be his. Ignoring her overt flirtation with other men, Christopher resolves to remain faithful to her, even when the fearless young suffragette Valentine crosses his path whilst trying to escape capture from the police. Reverend Duchemin invites Christopher and Macmaster to breakfast. Macmaster is attracted to Edith, the unhinged Reverend's wife, and Christopher meets Valentine again. Later Christopher and Valentine ride through the night together and experience a profound connection.||59:04||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|2||HDVideoEpisode 2||While Sylvia and Christopher are reunited publically, their relationship remains turbulent in private. On resolving herself to be chaste, Sylvia seeks to prove her intent to Christopher by visiting a convent. In the run up to war Christopher finds himself torn between his marriage vows and his feelings for Valentine. Meanwhile Valentine continues her suffragette campaign and finds herself a witness to a historic event. Macmaster and Edith escape to Scotland to continue their affair and Edith is faced with the reality of her actions.||57:37||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|3||HDVideoEpisode 3||Vicious rumours about Christopher abound, leading to tragedy at Groby, which forces Christopher to feel betrayed by his father. Sylvia finds a new admirer who proves a distraction as the war continues, and Valentine moves to London where she begins work as a gym teacher. Reverend Duchemin dies, and Edith and MacMaster are free to plan a new life together.||57:48||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|4||HDVideoEpisode 4||Now stationed in Rouen, an exhausted Christopher prepares soldiers for the draft and when a soldier deserts, Christopher is left in an uncomfortable position. Back in London, Sylvia tricks Perowne into escorting her to France. Campion is appalled when he encounters her, but she is determined to seek out her husband, oblivious to the consequences this will have for him and for Perowne.||58:49||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|5||HDVideoEpisode 5||Christopher is sent to the Front with McKechnie and Perowne. Sylvia - now ensconced at Groby - makes one final, desperate play for him, which provokes a reaction from Valentine who nervously waits for news of Christopher.||57:28||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|101||HDVideoBehind the Scenes||Behind the Scenes||9:36||Series Only||View in iTunes|
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Parade's end - beautiful
Brilliant drama with fantastic performance from the star cast. Truly English, self deprecating and moralistic, with undertones of a great tragedy on the way but it somehow remains a beautiful, relevant and humorous story. Very nicely done, watch if you like period drama's, pride and prejudice & the atonement.
For goodness sake ... When do we get episode2?????
Slow but satifying
First off this is NOT Downtown Abbey. Its a somewhat convuluted and rambling discourse on the decline of 500 years of "English values" pre and post WW1, with the protagonist, Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbach), as its Capitan Ahab, pouting and wimpering his way through 6 hours of scenery and costumes looted from "The house of Elliot"..
However, one gets the sense that, in order to make this a series which, in Tom Stoppards own words, one has to "watch intently", a number of the key evolutions of plot are given in throwaway lines or brief flashbacks. Perhaps this is trying to recreate the innovative style of the books, but the end product is that, despite the large themes covered, including changing roles of Women, the delinquence and decline of the landed gentry, good versus evil and what that means, its actually pretty slow. As many of the key plot twists are brief, we are left with lots of long, lingering glances or fixed camera shots of Benedict Cumberbatch tearing up. Its good, watchable, but could be, should be with Stoppard exec producing, so much better.