If other costume dramas were like Parade’s End, which primarily is a modern, scathing dissection of how it was ‘back then’, that focused on characters and not aesthetics, then I would happily watch them as affectionately as I do this. But they don’t and despite the success of Parade’s End, I have a feeling they won’t.
So, this wonderful miniseries stands as a unique, stunning drama of its own accord, leading the pack. It engulfs you, it challenges you, and best of all it is far from easy Friday-Night viewing (why it was put in such a graveyard slot, I’ll never know). The penultimate episode isn’t far away, catch up while you can, or at least pre-order the DVD or (I am contractually obliged to add) Blu-Ray (I’m not).
Parade’s End, episode 4/5 airs this Friday on BBC2, 9PM. Downton Abbey returns at some point soon- whenever it returns is too soon…
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