Watch clips of Benedict Cumberbatch in Parade’s End as BBC2 unveils new season of drama

A new series of The Hour and a biopic of Alfred Hitchock also feature in a season dominated by 20th century British period drama and thrillers


Parade’s End, Tom Stoppard’s long-awaited adaptation of the Ford Madox Ford novels, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is to be the first in a string of new dramas for BBC2.


Scenes from the five-part period series, charting the love triangle between Christopher Tietjens (Cumberbatch), his beautiful but cruel wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) and young suffragette Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens), form part of a promotional trailer released by the BBC ahead of the new season.

In The Girl, Toby Jones and Sienna Miller play out Alfred Hitchcock’s obsessive relationship with his muse Tippi Hedren during the filming of classic thriller The Birds.

Psychological thriller The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson, is a forensic examination of the lives of two hunters, one a serial killer who stalks his victims in and around Belfast, the other a talented female Met detective brought in to catch him.

Jane Campion’s detective drama Top of the Lake charts the search for a missing young girl, against the backdrop of New Zealand’s remote, mountainous landscape.

Meanwhile, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Goode star in Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge, following a black jazz band in 1930s London. 

And Romola Garai, Dominic West and Ben Whishaw return for a new series of 1950s newsroom drama The Hour.

Parade’s End, which will air first, is promised to be “coming soon”.


Watch the new season trailer below…