Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall to star in Parade’s End

BBC’s Sherlock Holmes joins the Vicky Cristina Barcelona star on the HBO co-production

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Man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch and star of stage and screen Rebecca Hall have begun filming epic drama Parade’s End.

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Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard has adapted Ford Madox Ford’s series of novels to create the five-part drama, which tells the story of English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens and his relationship with his headstrong wife, Sylvia, and young suffragette Valentine Wannop (played by Adelaide Clemens) during the First World War.

Anne-Marie Duff, Miranda Richardson and Rupert Everett are among the supporting cast joining them on the project, which is set to be filmed across the UK and Belgium. The Thick of It’s Roger Allam and actress Janet McTeer, who had a recurring role in Psychoville, are also on board.

Susanna White, Emmy nominated for her work on Generation Kill, has assumed directing duties, while Shackleton’s Selwyn Roberts and Shakespeare in Love’s David Parfitt will produce.

Mammoth Screen are making the flagship drama for the BBC and HBO. Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, said: “It’s great to be working with HBO again on this ambitious project, which further demonstrates BBC2’s ongoing commitment to original British drama in 2012. The stellar cast assembled simply confirms the buzz and excitement around Sir Tom Stoppard’s return to British television.”

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Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries, added: “As we find ourselves approaching the centennial of the First World War, this work will resonate with contemporary audiences as a touchstone for the human effects of global social transformation.”