Airdate: Parade’s End

2013-02-22_1221Nine has scheduled its first new international title for the year, Parade’s End starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

The BBC period drama will premiere with a movie-length double episode on Wednesday, March 6, at 8.30pm.

That will put it up against both Mr. & Mrs. Murder and Last Resort.

It also contradicts spurious media reports that had suggested Nine would play it out over Easter. The series has 5 episodes, meaning one may play in non-ratings however Nine can easily resolve this with another double ep and presumably will.

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Rebecca Hall (The Town, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Australia’s Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby, Love My Way), Parade’s End is an epic story of love and betrayal amid the convulsions of the First World War.

Adapted from three acclaimed novels by Ford Madox Ford, Parade’s End is brought to life by the Oscar-winning team behind Shakespeare in Love – world-renowned scriptwriter Tom Stoppard, producer David Parfitt and BAFTA-winning director Susanna White (Jane Eyre, Bleak House).

Parade’s End charts a destructive love triangle set against the backdrop of a nation on the brink of catastrophe. The series evokes a rich tapestry of emotions as lives are changed forever when the days of long, golden afternoons are shattered by the horrors of the Great War.

From the glittering world of London high society to the trench-scarred, blood-soaked battlefields of France, Parade’s End tells the story of British aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Cumberbatch), his loveless marriage to the beautiful but cruel Sylvia (Hall), and the spirited young suffragette Valentine Wannop (Clemens), with whom he falls head over heels in love.

Woven throughout the love triangle is a kaleidoscope of supporting characters whose lives are upended by the outbreak of war, played by Roger Allam, Anne-Marie Duff, Rupert Everett, Stephen Graham, Janet McTeer and Miranda Richardson.

Wednesday, March 6, at 8.30pm


  1. I was wondering when this show was starting, they’ve been advertising it for ages. Looks like Wednesday night will be a busy night for me now. My DVR will be in demand that night.

  2. The first night of Parades End should do OK. The Blindside got nearly 900k live viewers and Mr & Mrs Murder and Last Resort will probably drop a bid after their premieres.

    The 4th & 5th episodes could end up at 9:30 or 10:30pm if the ratings plummet for week 2 like they did in the UK.

    Arrow has been returned to the list of Nine’s new shows “coming soon” in their latest promo. They haven’t been promoting it much though.

  3. @ Maev

    As David mentioned in the Glee article Ten are repeating Mr & Mrs Murder Saturday afternoon at 4pm and Sunday night at 10.30pm.

    P.S. Sorry if my previous post was harsh. I’m not a fan of editing generally.

  4. I thought this would be good…but the ads have not impressed me….and I really like Vera….I just watch…do not record…sometime do catchup TV on the computer….still trying to get to Mr & Mrs Murder

  5. Sorry I forgot to ask what time will it end or run? Because I just looked it up and Wikipedia say episodes ran for 55-60 minutes without ads presumably. So won’t that be about 2 and a half hours with ads unless they butcher it.

  6. As a viewer I’d watch it unless they did something silly like have Fringe on at the same time. Also if they have it over three weeks with a couple of double episodes it hopefully will last. So I like it. I really hope it does alright. Although I’ll admit I worry because I wish it the best. But fear for it. Thank you for a good choice of day.

  7. Even with the bad international reviews I think Parade’s End will do okay in the first week but it will be interesting to see which one gives first, this of Last Resort. As much as I like Mr. & Mrs. Murder I think it will still come in 3rd on the night.

  8. Because there’s not enough on Wednesday nights already!
    Don’t forget Burn Notice / Blue Blood and Adam Hills: The Last Leg. I also don’t mind Vera. Time to change the backup SD DVR to a Dual HD.

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