DVD: Parade's End (15)


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"He's making corrections in the Encyclopaedia Britannica," wails Rebecca Hall's spiteful Sylvia to her cerebral, cuckolded husband, Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch, in Ed Stoppard's adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's Edwardian drama.

Tietjens is an anachronistic gentleman who is dragged from the golf course into the trenches and a baffling modern world. Hall, Rufus Sewell and Roger Allam excel in this stupendous BBC/HBO joint effort, but Cumberbatch bags top honours.