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Set over a tumultuous ten-year period 100 years ago, this five-hour miniseries tells the story of an honorable Englishman coping with his growing disillusion at the end of one privileged era and the beginning of a new, egalitarian one. As the comfortable certainties of Edwardian England begin to give way to the chaos and destruction of WWI, aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch) puts principles first by marrying Sylvia (Rebecca Hall), a pretty, manipulative socialite who gives birth to a child who may not be his. While enduring his new wife’s whims and overt indiscretions, Christopher finds himself inexorably drawn to a young suffragette, Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens), but refuses to give in to their mutual passion or end his marriage with Sylvia. The onset of war, combined with the advent of feminism at home and communism in Russia, ushers in far-reaching changes for the English status quo, and gradually erodes the constraints that have kept Christopher tethered to his aristocratic past.
an operatic story with superb acting. ben cumberbatch will make you fall in love with his character Christopher T. Read morePublished 7 days ago by sharon hitchcock
This 5 part mini series is sublime! I really enjoyed Benedict Cumberbatch, what a great actor!!!Published 13 days ago by Teller of Fortune
The acting is superb. The cinematography is stunning. I can't wait to watch it again.Published 1 month ago by Suzy Q.
Thought it was an excellent movie, although somewhat difficult to follow when they were talking about the fighting, and who was where. We all enjoyed it very much however.Published 1 month ago by Brenda W Thomas
A strangely turgid melodrama that occasionally fails to please, despite expert acting and superb production values. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nick Zegarac
Stick figure actors mouthing predictable dialogue. I could tell before they even spoke what they were going to say and the plot was annoyingly contrived. Read more