First look: Benedict Cumberbatch in Parade’s End

Rebecca Hall co-stars in BBC2 drama written by Tom Stoppard


Here’s the first photograph of what should be one of 2012’s classiest drama series: Parade’s End, written by Tom Stoppard and starring Benedict Cumberbatch.


It’s a prestige production with high literary pedigree – so anyone looking at this photo and debating how hot or not Cumberbatch looks with his blond side parting and three-piece suit should be thoroughly ashamed. Certainly this will not happen in the office.

The flagship five-part saga, a dramatisation of novels written in the 1920s by Ford Madox Ford, follows English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Cumberbatch) and his beautiful wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall, also pictured) from the decline of the Edwardian era to the end of the First World War.

The task of adapting one of the 20th century’s most revered literary works has tempted acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard to make a rare foray into television. Stoppard will write all five episodes, with Susanna White (Bleak House) directing.

The impressive supporting cast includes Adelaide Clemens, Roger Allam, Anne-Marie Duff, Rupert Everett, Stephen Graham, Janet McTeer, Miranda Richardson, Freddie Fox and Geoffrey Palmer.


Parade’s End was filmed at the end of last year and is expected to air on BBC2 this summer.