'The BBC has released the first image from their upcoming period drama blockbuster, Parade’s End. The series, a co-production with US cable TV network HBO, will premiere on BBC Two later this year and has been scripted by Sir Tom Stoppard, the playwright. It promises to be one of the highlights of the 2012 schedules.
The picture shows the drama’s two leads, rising stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, War Horse) and Sir Peter Hall’s daughter Rebecca (Vicky Cristina Barcelona). They play the troubled married couple Christopher and Sylvia Tietjens who are at the heart of Ford Madox Ford’s complex 1920s masterpiece.
His four-part novel is set in England and on the Western Front during the First World War and chronicles the twilight of the Edwardian era.
Sir Tom Stoppard has been lured back to television after an absence of 20 years to write the screenplay of Ford’s book. The director is Susanna White, who also made TV’s acclaimed Generation Kill, Bleak House and Jane Eyre; the series is produced by Mammoth Screen (Lost in Austen, Wuthering Heights).
Parade's End's supporting cast reads like a roll call of pedigree British acting talent and pays testament to the pulling power of Stoppard’s name when it is attached to a project. The other actors taking part include Roger Allam, Anne-Marie Duff, Rupert Everett, Stephen Graham, Clare Higgins, Janet McTeer and Miranda Richardson.'