Do you dream of corsets and swooping skirts? Do you fancy yourself drinking tea and gossiping in the garden? Do you never miss an episode of Downtown Abbey? Then you’re bound to love the newest period piece released by the BCC – Parades End.
Parades End, based on the epic novel series by Ford Maddox, follows the story of Christopher Tietjens in a tenuous and tumultuous age. Christopher is a brilliant wealthy statistician, circling the upper classes of British society. His wife Sylvia is a barbed and oftentimes cruel socialite, who takes little interest in Christopher’s intelligence. Christopher’s straight laced, moral driven world is turned upside down when he meets Valentine Wannop, a spritely and young suffragette. He fights the constant battle between his undeniable attraction to Valentine and his desire to abide by his strict moral and social code. Beneath this story, World War I is brewing, eventually leading to Christopher being called to serve for the British Army.
The story follows the development of Christopher’s rocky relationships and eventually his time over the course of the War. Fans of British history will get a kick out the subtle plot lines, but if you haven’t dusted off the history books in a while, you may find a few references and underlying developments get lost.
Despite that, the show is brilliant. Benedict Cumberatch makes a fantastic Tietjens, constantly playing off the torment between what his heart wants, and what his head knows he should have and his supporting ladies are just as fiery, fantastic and surprisingly funny. This set to the backdrop to one of the most fascinating times historically, both with regards to women’s rights and the changing of the world as they knew it. It all cumulates to make the story far more intricate and interesting than a basic period romance.
This show is undoubtedly a thinker, and it takes a little while to fall into pace with the show’s subtle and quiet tone. If you perservere, this show is truly so interesting and rewarding, and will well and truly satiate that period drama craving.
Available now: DVD RRP$39.95 (5 Eps)
Category: Film & TV