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Howard’s End on PBS’ Masterpiece airs Sunday

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/11/20 – Based on E.M. Forster’s novel of the same name, Howards End is coming to a television screen near you via PBS Masterpiece. Howards End follows two unconventional and independent sisters – Margaret and Helen Schlegel – as they seek love and meaning in an ever-changing world. 

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The drama stars Hayley Atwell as strong-willed Margaret and Philippa Coulthard who plays Helen. Alex Lawther (“Black Mirror”) plays Tibby Schlegel, their hypochondriac brother. Matthew Macfadyen, Julia Ormond, Joe Bannister, Jonah Hauer-King, and Bessie Carter star as members of the Wilcox family while Tracey Ullman rounds out the star-studded cast as the meddling Aunt Juley.

In episode one, Margaret is first seen retrieving a telegram from her younger, idealistic sister Helen. She is recounting her tales of the Wilcox family as she visits them on holiday. It is revealed that Schlegels had met the Wilcox clan on a previous holiday in Germany. Helen is obviously fascinated by them as the audience quickly learns during voice-over narration of the telegrams.

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Opposing forces seem to be a popular theme in this story. Margaret and Helen are clearly opposites as Margaret seems to be more grounded while Helen lends herself to dramatics. The Wilcox family unveil even more opposing trends.

Matthew Macfadyen who plays Mr. Henry Wilcox, the patriarch of the Wilcox clan, is portrayed as opiniated, overbearing, and apparently represents the no-nonsense, materialistic aspect of the English upper classes. Julia Ormond is Ruth Wilcox, Henry’s wife. She possesses a quiet strength and is greatly respected amongst her family. Her death later in the series works as a catalyst for much of the drama.

The remaining episodes promise to further reveal more in a tale involving loss, societal issues, classism, financial turmoil, and—of course—romance. 

(Photo: KURT ISWARIENKO/STARZ)

This classic period piece has been previously adapted for television and film. Howards End originally aired on premium cable network Starz in the Spring 2018 and the original 1992 Merchant & Ivory film adaptation of Howards End starred Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave.

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Based on E.M. Forster’s novel of the same name, Howards End is coming to a television screen near you via PBS Masterpiece. Howards End follows two unconventional and independent sisters – Margaret and Helen Schlegel – as they seek love and meaning in an ever-changing world.

The drama stars Hayley Atwell as strong-willed Margaret and Philippa Coulthard who plays Helen. Alex Lawther (“Black Mirror”) plays Tibby Schlegel, their hypochondriac brother. Matthew Macfadyen, Julia Ormond, Joe Bannister, Jonah Hauer-King, and Bessie Carter star as members of the Wilcox family while Tracey Ullman rounds out the star-studded cast as the meddling Aunt Juley.

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In episode one, Margaret is first seen retrieving a telegram from her younger, idealistic sister Helen. She is recounting her tales of the Wilcox family as she visits them on holiday. It is revealed that the Schlegels had met the Wilcox clan on a previous holiday in Germany. Helen is obviously fascinated by them as the audience quickly learns during voice-over narration of the telegrams.

Opposing forces seem to be a popular theme in this story. Margaret and Helen are clearly opposites as Margaret seems to be more grounded while Helen lends herself to dramatics. The Wilcox family unveil even more opposing trends.

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(Photo: Laurie Sparham)

Matthew Macfadyen who plays Mr. Henry Wilcox, the patriarch of the Wilcox clan, is portrayed as opiniated, overbearing, and apparently represents the no-nonsense, materialistic aspect of the English upper classes. Julia Ormond is Ruth Wilcox, Henry’s wife. She possesses a quiet strength and is greatly respected amongst her family. Her death later in the series works as a catalyst for much of the drama.

The remaining episodes promise to further reveal more in a tale involving loss, societal issues, classism, financial turmoil, and—of course—romance.

Hayley Atwell

This classic period piece has been previously adapted for television and film. Howards End originally aired on premium cable network Starz in the Spring 2018 and the original 1992 Merchant & Ivory film adaptation of Howards End starred Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave.

Critics have described the updated television adaptation as intriguing due to the fact it will allow the story several additional hours to breathe which will, in turn, allow the audience time to truly invest and appreciate the complicated societal issues at play.

“I think with Kenny’s script, it’s very fresh. It’s like I said. There’s a real energy to it,” Atwell shared when asked about her thoughts regarding the television adaptation from Kenneth Lonergan, “…There wasn’t anything, kind of, reverential about [the script] or sentimental. It didn’t romanticize. E.M. Forster doesn’t either.”

The four-episode PBS series will air beginning Sunday, January 12, 2020 and is meant to serve as a segue and companion to upcoming Jane Austen drama Sanditon.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.