Howards End Episode Two ~ Review

Second instalment of another BBC triumph, Howards End and the Schlegel sisters are still seemingly going about their business in blissful ignorance as to the chaos left in their collective wake.

Mrs Wilcox has passed away suddenly which paves the way for Margaret and Henry to strengthen their acquaintance. Leonard Bast is caught up with the Schlegel sisters following Helen’s ‘theft’ of his umbrella in last week’s episode. His ‘wife’ is soon knocking on their door after discovering Margaret’s business card. It’s clear Mr Bast is at odds with himself and the character is being played as such and brilliantly by Joseph Quinn. While Helen and Margaret are trying to find ways to enhance his financial status.

Meanwhile, Tibby is becoming more mocking and sarcastic all the time.  I enjoy the character’s quick wit and find it amusing that If he’s not getting into arguments with Margaret and Helen, he’s playing piano.

We see more of Evie’s character in this second episode too, her pompous traits are laid bare and she also appears to be more confident since the passing of her mother. The scene at Simpsons is eye opening in itself. Who’d have thought a choice of which cheese to have would cause such engaging entertainment! Henry’s over-ruling of what sort of cheese Margaret should have isn’t met with an objection but she doesn’t look best pleased!

Finally, unsurprisingly, Helen is quick to remark that Henry is in love with Margaret… We shall see…


Role Contributor
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
Annie Donna Banya
Nancy Hannah Traylen
Crane Gavin Brocker
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
Producer Laura Hastings-Smith
Director Hettie MacDonald
Writer Kenneth Lonergan
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

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