EN - Ford Madox Ford's "Parades End" is brought to live in a five-part miniseries for television written by Oscar winner Sir Tom Stoppard. Parade's End is an epic story of love and betrayal set against the dying years of the Edwardian era and the First World War. Woven through the central love triangle are the personal stories of a kaleidoscope of characters whose lives are touched by the outbreak of war.
|Year of production||2011|
|Running time series||5 x 60'|
The Flemish fiction TV series Clan and Salamander are selected for the prestigious International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA 22 – 27 January) in Biarritz, France. Parade’s End, a Flemish coproduction with BBC and HBO, and the interactive TV series The Spiral are also selected for competition.
Both Clan and Parade’s End will screen in official competition at the fest. Both TV series are in the running for no less than six FIPA d’Or awards. In Clan, the four sisters Goethals plot the murder of their brother-in-law, Jean-Claude. He is the husband of their fifth sister and a pain in the ass just asking to be liquidated. But while planning a murder is easy, committing it is another story...
The premiere episodes of new Flemish TV series Clan, Deadline 14/10 and The Spiral together gathered an impressive total of 2.3 million viewers in Flanders. Never before have local broadcasters committed this strongly to original indigenous quality fiction. The increase in domestic TV production is a result of the new Media fund which also supported upcoming TV series such as Quiz Me Quick, Salamander and HBO/BBC’s Parade’s End.
Sunday evening 9 September saw a historic first for television in Flanders. No fewer than three original quality fiction series were counter-programmed by leading channels één and vtm: Clan, Deadline 14/10 and The Spiral. Preliminary results indicate that the three TV series attracted a total of 2,274,000 viewers. Combined with delayed viewing and a number of repeat airings, the final total number is estimated to pass 3 million viewers or half of the population of the Flanders region.
First World War drama Parade's End is one of the biggest foreign TV series to shoot in Belgium. A collaboration between HBO and the BBC, it was brought to the country, and to Flanders in particular, by a winning combination of locations, financial incentives and entrepreneurial local collaborators.
Text Ian Mundell
Parade's End is based on a series of four novels from the 1920s by English writer Ford Madox Ford. Set before, during and after the First World War, they explore the inner life of Christopher Tietjens, an Englishman from an old family who is caught between a faithless wife, Sylvia, and his love for a young suffragette, Valentine. Written in a complex, modernist style, the books represent a challenge for any screen adaptation.
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