PERIOD DRAMA ALERT: Howards End (2017)

The BBC and Starz have teamed up to produce a new adaptation of E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel, Howards End. Just released is the first official picture from the series, showing Hayley Atwell as Margaret Schlegel and Matthew Macfadyen as Henry Wilcox dining at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand (if you’ve read the book, you remember the scene!).

Hayley Atwell as Margaret Schlegel and Matthew Macfadyen as Henry Wilcox in Howards End. Starz
Hayley Atwell as Margaret Schlegel and Matthew Macfadyen as Henry Wilcox in Howards End.

BBC press release

BBC and Starz will co-produce Howards End, based on the classic E.M. Forster novel. Academy Award® nominated screenwriter and playwright Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea, Gangs of New York, You Can Count on Me) brings the beloved novel from the page to the screen in his first television adaptation. Hettie Macdonald (White Girl) will direct the four hour-long episodes.

Executive produced by Playground in association with City Entertainment and KippSter Entertainment, this four-part series explores the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn of the century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business, and the working class Basts.

Lucy Richer, BBC Executive Producer says, “Kenneth Lonergan is one of our truly great contemporary voices, and his adaptation of this adored timeless classic will surprise and delight a whole new audience with its timely and relevant themes.”

Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz, says “Starz continues our commitment to bring quality drama to the screen with Howards End and we’re delighted to once again work in partnership with the BBC and Colin Callender on this literary period piece.”

Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter, Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron) will portray Margaret Schlegel and Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street, The Last Kingdom, Spooks) will portray Henry Wilcox in the adaptation. Tracey Ullman (Tracey Ullman’s Show, Into the Woods, Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union and The Tracey Ullman Show) will play Aunt Juley Mund.

Other Cast:

Philippa Coulthard as Helen Schlegel
Rosalind Eleazar as Jacky
Alex Lawther as Tibby Schlegel
Julia Ormond as Ruth Wilcox
Joseph Quinn as Leonard Bast

More photos on set

PICTURES: Film stars spotted shooting scenes for new TV series in Swanage

PICTURED: Hayley Atwell is Edwardian chic in a brown full-length coat with patterned red scarf as she joins dapper Matthew MacFadyen on the London set of Howards End

Hayley Atwell covers up in a checked shirt and button-up maxi skirt as she is spotted in costume for the first time in her new role in Howards End


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