PA­RADE’S END

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TV -

Pa­rade’s End is not Downton Abbey. That doesn’t make it bet­ter or worse than Downton. It just makes it dif­fer­ent. For starters, it’s a five- part minis­eries, with­out the unashamed soap­i­ness or mul­ti­ple characters Downton fans so love. Front and cen­tre here is the love- tri­an­gle of the re­served civil ser­vant, Christo­pher Tietjens ( Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch), his adul­ter­ous wife, Sylvia ( Re­becca Hall) and Valen­tine ( played by Aussie ac­tress Ade­laide Cle­mens), his meek de­voted mis­tress. Tonight’s opener is sump­tu­ously shot, oc­ca­sion­ally stray­ing into bodice- rip­ping and se­ri­ously over­wrought ter­ri­tory.

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