Four-part adaptation of EM Forster’s classic novel telling the story of two independent and unconventional sisters and the men in their lives.
Howards End has long been a favourite of mine, ahead of its time in my humble opinion so it’s definitely the right time to produce a new adaptation. The story revolves around the Schlegel sisters and their many encounters, mostly with but not limited to the Wilcox family. Love trysts, unattainable in nature yet pursued regardless – and with just one episode having aired, there’s so much more to come yet!
In the first instalment, Helen Schlegel has been staying with the Wilcox family at Howards End, they’re a mixed bunch and each member of the family has their quirks. Mrs Wilcox rules the roost while Mr Wilcox has an air of mystery about him, he never appears entirely comfortable. Meanwhile, Margaret Schlegel is being kept company, whether she likes it or not, by her Aunt Juley – a character I would liken to Mrs Bennett from Pride and Prejudice.
The cast alone promises a hit BBC drama and I was not disappointed. Hayley Atwell and Philippa Coulthard are well matched as sisters and Matthew Macfadyen heads the Wilcox family perfectly with Julia Ormond inspired casting as Mrs Wilcox, her face says it all! I was also impressed with how seamlessly Tracey Ullman has fitted into a classical role and felt that she displayed just the right balance with a character who could so easily become a caricature.
If you didn’t tune in on Sunday night, give it a try – you don’t need to know the story beforehand and the setting, location and attention to detail for the period are all exquisitely done. If you did tune in on Sunday night, I hope (like me) you’ll be eagerly anticipating the next three episodes? This is just the ticket for an autumnal Sunday evening.
|Margaret Schlegel||Hayley Atwell|
|Henry Wilcox||Matthew Macfadyen|
|Helen Schlegel||Philippa Coulthard|
|Leonard Bast||Joseph Quinn|
|Tibby Schlegel||Alex Lawther|
|Charles Wilcox||Joseph Bannister|
|Jacky Bast||Rosalind Eleazar|
|Evie Wilcox||Bessie Carter|
|Paul Wilcox||Jonah Hauer-King|
|Aunt Juley||Tracey Ullman|
|Mrs Wilcox||Julia Ormond|
|Frieda Mosenbach||Leonie Benesch|
|Herr Liesecke||George Taylor|
|Doctor (for Tibby)||Sagar Arya|
|Young Man (Margaret’s Friend)||Tim Pritchett|
|Earnest Young Woman||Maya Saroya|
|Ticket Boy||Jos Slovick|
|Executive Producer||Colin Callender|
|Executive Producer||Sophie Gardiner|
|Executive Producer||Scott Huff|
|Executive Producer||Joshua D Maurer|
|Executive Producer||Alixandre Witlin|
|Executive Producer||David A Stern|
|Executive Producer||Lucy Richer|
|Production Company||Playground Television UK Ltd|