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Slow to anger, rich in love?

‘It’s woman against man. Now and ever has been.’

The BBC’s recent adaptation of Parade’s End pits men against women, restraint against impulsiveness and duty against desire.

Crossing the Culture Rachel Helen Smith

Keeping up appearances

Parade’s End is based on a collection of four novels by the ‘literary impressionist’ Ford Madox Ford. The books chart the life of ‘the last decent man in England’, Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), as he pledges to remain faithful to his mesmerising and manipulative wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall).