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…
|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|