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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.

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