The BEST Episodes of Parade's End

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2020

Network: BBC Two

In Parade's End, a love triangle develops between the old-fashioned Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), his vindictive wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) and young suffragette Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens), in the midst of World War I and a Europe on the brink of profound change. As the war drags on, Christopher goes to fight in France, and leaves behind Sylvia, a son who may or may not be his and Valentine. He must ultimately decide who he is to remain with for the duration of his life: the beautiful yet manipulative Sylvia or the adoring Valentine.

Episode 5

#1 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 21, 2012

Christopher is sent to the Front with McKechnie and Perowne. While Valentine waits for news of Christopher, Sylvia - now ensconced at Groby - makes one final, desperate play for him.

star 7.44
105 votes
Episode 3

#2 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 7, 2012

Vicious rumours about Christopher abound, leading to tragedy at Groby. Sylvia finds a new admirer who proves a distraction as the war continues, and Valentine moves to London. Meanwhile, Edith and MacMaster plan a new life together.

star 7.35
113 votes
Directors: Susanna White
Writers: Tom Stoppard
Episode 4

#3 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 14, 2012

In Rouen, an exhausted Christopher prepares soldiers for the draft. Back in London, Sylvia decides to visit her husband in France, oblivious to the consequences this will have for him.

star 7.27
134 votes
Episode 1

#4 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 24, 2012

In the dying days of the Edwardian Empire, Christopher Tietjens enters into a destructive marriage with the beautiful but cruel socialite Sylvia. Ignoring her overt flirtation with other men, Christopher resolves to remain faithful to her, even when he encounters fearless young suffragette Valentine.

star 7.24
191 votes
Directors: Susanna White
Writers: Tom Stoppard
Episode 2

#5 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 31, 2012

While Sylvia and Christopher are reunited publicly, their relationship remains turbulent in private. In the run up to war Christopher finds himself torn between his marriage vows and his feelings for Valentine.

star 7.17
126 votes
Directors: Susanna White
Writers: Tom Stoppard