- Adapted from Ford Madox Ford's groundbreaking novels
- Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall and Adelaide Clemens
TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) goes inside the glittering, shallow world of high society in early 20th century London with Parade's End, the expansive five-part, period miniseries from HBO. Part 1 and 2 premiere on Tuesday, February 26 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/MT, day-and-date with HBO in the U.S., followed on Wednesday, February 27 with Part 3 and 4 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/MT, and the miniseries concludes with Part 5 on Thursday, February 28 at 9 p.m.ET/MT.
Set against the backdrop of Edwardian England, and capturing the devastation of war and the end of Edwardian ideals, Parade's End tells the story of Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock, War Horse), an English aristocrat trapped in a marriage to Sylvia (Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town), his unfaithful and callous wife who has given birth to a child that may not be his. Christopher becomes entranced by Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens, The Great Gatsby), a fearless young woman who unexpectedly turns his world upside down. As war breaks out across Europe, Christopher, compelled by an outmoded code of conduct, feels obligated to remain loyal to his wife as he leaves a heartbroken Valentine to fight in France where he struggles to adapt to his new life as an army officer.
When Christopher returns to England briefly, suffering from shell shock, he is alarmed to discover himself the target of vicious rumors. Rejected by his father and brother, alienated from Sylvia, with only Valentine to support him, he attempts to hold on to sanity and meaning as the old world order collapses amidst tremendous upheaval.
Adapted from Ford Madox Ford's groundbreaking novels by Sir Tom Stoppard (Oscar®-winner for Shakespeare in Love), the drama was directed by Susanna White (HBO's Emmy®-winning Generation Kill). Parade's End also stars Roger Allam (The Queen), Anne-Marie Duff (The Virgin Queen), Rupert Everett (The Importance of Being Earnest), Stephen Graham (HBO's Boardwalk Empire), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) and Miranda Richardson (The Lost Prince).
Parade's End is a Mammoth Screen production for the BBC in association with HBO Miniseries and Trademark Films and BBC Worldwide and Lookout Point. The miniseries is co-produced with BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund and Anchorage Entertainment and filmed with the support of the Belgian federal government's Tax Shelter Scheme. The executive producers are Michele Buck and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen, Ben Donald for BBC Worldwide, Simon Vaughan for Lookout Point TV, Judith Louis for ARTE France and Tom Stoppard. David Parfitt and Selwyn Roberts are producers.
In Eastern Canada, all programming is available in High Definition and on demand, and on HBO Canada OnLine with Bell TV Online, Rogers Anyplace TV and Videotron's Illico Web. In Western Canada, programming will be available in High Definition on HBO Canada HD, and on demand and online with HBO Canada On Demand with participating service providers.
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HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada). HBO Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic programs for which HBO is known, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's extensive library - all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com.
The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX : ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing, children's animation and animation software. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
SOURCE: Movie Central
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The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)
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