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Channel4.com, series 1, episodes 1-2 A two-part series based (rather loosely) on the much-loved novel by Sebastian Faulks, directed by Philip Martin ( The Forger, The Crown), and based on a screenplay by Abi Morgan ( Brick Lane, The Iron Lady).
This has Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Wraysford and Clemence Poesy as Isabelle Azaire, and skips the section set in the 1970s, instead concentrating on Stephen’s experiences in World War I, fighting in the mud and blood-filled trenches of northern France while dreaming about Isabelle, the married woman with whom he had a passionate affair before the war when he was a guest in her husband’s house. The couple ran off together when their affair was discovered, only for Isabelle to leave him after a short time together.
The brutal reality of Stephen’s war is intercut with flashbacks of his love affair with Isabelle, until a chance encounter on the eve of the Battle of the Somme brings her back into his life.
TG4 Player, episodes 1-4 This four-part series was filmed over 12 months, and follows the lives of those living on the biggest of Ireland’s Aran Islands, Inis Mor, which has a year-round population of around 900 people — rising far higher during the summer months — and lies around seven miles out to sea.
Virgin Media Player, episodes 1-4 Lee Ingleby stars as David Collins, a man released from prison after seven years — when his conviction for the murder of his wife is overturned — who begins to try to rebuild his life.