Conclusion: Parade's End is initially a bit of a tough slog, and its difficult to care about anyone in Stoppard's adaptation of Ford's novels. Given time to breathe and develop, though, both the characters and the story become absorbing; so much so that, by miniseries' end, I was riveted, melodrama or no.
Excerpt: Lately, Benedict Cumberbatch is all over the place. His turn as Sherlock Holmes in TV’s Sherlock was well received and he played a great villain in this past summers Star Trek Into Darkness. He has several films on the horizon and for what it’s worth, he is certainly a good actor.
Excerpt: The British Empire was on the wane in the early years of the 20 th Century. Emblematic of this decline was the changing moral structure of the aristocracy and a new feeling of egalitarianism sweeping the country.