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A novel by Ford Madox Ford, adapted by TomStoppard as a BBC2 miniseries starring BenedictCumberbatch as "the last Tory" Christopher Tietjens and Rebecca Hall as his alluring and manipulative wife Sylvia Tietjens. Set before, during and after WorldWarI, it follows the disastrous marriage of upper-class Brits Christopher and Sylvia.
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!!Contains Examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: The MiniSeries misses out the last book (Set following the war).
* ActorAllusion: Christopher telling General Campion, "I am in command" is very similar to a line between the [[BenedictCumberbatch same]] [[RogerAllam actors]] in radio comedy ''CabinPressure'', although this may be a coincidence.
* BettyAndVeronica: Valentine and Sylvia. While personality-wise they're certainly Betty and Veronica respectively, the fact that Christopher is married to Sylvia makes Valentine the "dangerous" choice.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sylvia is this [[spoiler:to General Campion by the end]]. Although Sylvia is this to pretty much everyone in general.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: And ''how''!
* TheEdwardianEra
* FieryRedhead: Sylvia
* GeneralFailure: The British military command is seen as this by Christopher and, to some extent, Campion.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: YMMV as to which relationships "Good" and "Bad" apply to.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Valentine, in contrast with cynical and selfish FieryRedhead Sylvia.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** RogerAllam as General Campion.
** Miranda Richardson as Mrs. Wannop.
** [[BoardwalkEmpire Jack Huston]] as Gerald Drake.
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Sylvia uses this successfully on every male she wants to, except it doesn't work on Christopher
* KarmaHoudini: In the miniseries, not so much the book: [[spoiler: Although Sylvia doesn't end up with Christopher as she originally wanted, she doesn't wind up any worse off at the end, despite her bad behavior - the miniseries leaves it hanging whether Campion will accept her marriage proposal, although in the script he does deny her.]]
* LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics: Christopher's employer expects him to fudge the numbers to help their political allies. Christopher's not happy about it.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Valentine and Christopher both declare that they fell in love "from the first moment."
* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: Leads to Sylvia and Christopher's ShotgunWedding.
* ManlyTears
* ModernMajorGeneral: most of the army officers except for Christopher. Especially Captain [=McKechnie=].
* MomentKiller: When Christopher is in Sylvia's hotel room in Rouen and Potty tries to barge in.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Christopher and [=McKechnie=] with their sonnet competition.
* OnlySaneMan: Christopher can come across as this, given the hypocrisy of just about every other character.
* RageBreakingPoint: Christopher puts up with Sylvia's cheating and verbal abuse for years until [[spoiler: she has the Groby tree cut down, via Mrs. de Bray Pape in the book]]
* RagsToRiches: [=McMaster=] is very conscious of the difference between his own background and his friend Christopher's upper class privilege.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Christopher suffers memory lapses after a head injury in the war
* ShotgunWedding
* SpiritedYoungLady: Valentine
* StiffUpperLip: Christopher is considered an extreme example even by other Edwardians. The scene where he learns of his mother's death is a masterclass.
* StoicWoobie: Christopher, especially in the last two volumes/episodes
* UnfortunateNames: Potty. It seems even worse to a modern audience, but even in the period in which the book was set, "potty" meant crazy or insignificant; the adjective is used this way in the book in several places.
* UnrequitedTragicMaiden: Valentine is in love with Christopher, but he refuses to go against his morals and cheat on his wife with her [[spoiler:until near the end]].
* UpperClassTwit: Potty Perowne.
* TheVicar: Reverend Duchemin comes across as the Dirty variety with his ranting about corsets and [[DoubleEntendre organs]].
* WarIsHell: Ford wrote the novel after his own experiences in World War I and he doesn't pull any punches, nor does the miniseries.
* WhosYourDaddy: The paternity of Sylvia's child is unclear.
* WorldWarOne
* WouldntHitAGirl: Inverted when Sylvia's boyfriend, Potty, is scared that Christopher will beat him up, and Sylvia tells Potty he needn't worry because "[Christopher] would not do anything to a girl like you."
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A novel by Ford Madox Ford, adapted by TomStoppard as a BBC2 miniseries starring BenedictCumberbatch as "the last Tory" Christopher Tietjens and Rebecca Hall as his alluring and manipulative wife Sylvia Tietjens. Set before, during and after WorldWarI, it follows the disastrous marriage of upper-class Brits Christopher and Sylvia.
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!!Contains Examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: The MiniSeries misses out the last book (Set following the war).
* ActorAllusion: Christopher telling General Campion, "I am in command" is very similar to a line between the [[BenedictCumberbatch same]] [[RogerAllam actors]] in radio comedy ''CabinPressure'', although this may be a coincidence.
* BettyAndVeronica: Valentine and Sylvia. While personality-wise they're certainly Betty and Veronica respectively, the fact that Christopher is married to Sylvia makes Valentine the "dangerous" choice.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sylvia is this [[spoiler:to General Campion by the end]]. Although Sylvia is this to pretty much everyone in general.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: And ''how''!
* TheEdwardianEra
* FieryRedhead: Sylvia
* GeneralFailure: The British military command is seen as this by Christopher and, to some extent, Campion.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: YMMV as to which relationships "Good" and "Bad" apply to.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Valentine, in contrast with cynical and selfish FieryRedhead Sylvia.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** RogerAllam as General Campion.
** Miranda Richardson as Mrs. Wannop.
** [[BoardwalkEmpire Jack Huston]] as Gerald Drake.
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Sylvia uses this successfully on every male she wants to, except it doesn't work on Christopher
* KarmaHoudini: In the miniseries, not so much the book: [[spoiler: Although Sylvia doesn't end up with Christopher as she originally wanted, she doesn't wind up any worse off at the end, despite her bad behavior - the miniseries leaves it hanging whether Campion will accept her marriage proposal, although in the script he does deny her.]]
* LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics: Christopher's employer expects him to fudge the numbers to help their political allies. Christopher's not happy about it.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Valentine and Christopher both declare that they fell in love "from the first moment."
* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: Leads to Sylvia and Christopher's ShotgunWedding.
* ManlyTears
* ModernMajorGeneral: most of the army officers except for Christopher. Especially Captain [=McKechnie=].
* MomentKiller: When Christopher is in Sylvia's hotel room in Rouen and Potty tries to barge in.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Christopher and [=McKechnie=] with their sonnet competition.
* OnlySaneMan: Christopher can come across as this, given the hypocrisy of just about every other character.
* RageBreakingPoint: Christopher puts up with Sylvia's cheating and verbal abuse for years until [[spoiler: she has the Groby tree cut down, via Mrs. de Bray Pape in the book]]
* RagsToRiches: [=McMaster=] is very conscious of the difference between his own background and his friend Christopher's upper class privilege.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Christopher suffers memory lapses after a head injury in the war
* ShotgunWedding
* SpiritedYoungLady: Valentine
* StiffUpperLip: Christopher is considered an extreme example even by other Edwardians. The scene where he learns of his mother's death is a masterclass.
* StoicWoobie: Christopher, especially in the last two volumes/episodes
* UnfortunateNames: Potty. It seems even worse to a modern audience, but even in the period in which the book was set, "potty" meant crazy or insignificant; the adjective is used this way in the book in several places.
* UnrequitedTragicMaiden: Valentine is in love with Christopher, but he refuses to go against his morals and cheat on his wife with her [[spoiler:until near the end]].
* UpperClassTwit: Potty Perowne.
* TheVicar: Reverend Duchemin comes across as the Dirty variety with his ranting about corsets and [[DoubleEntendre organs]].
* WarIsHell: Ford wrote the novel after his own experiences in World War I and he doesn't pull any punches, nor does the miniseries.
* WhosYourDaddy: The paternity of Sylvia's child is unclear.
* WorldWarOne
* WouldntHitAGirl: Inverted when Sylvia's boyfriend, Potty, is scared that Christopher will beat him up, and Sylvia tells Potty he needn't worry because "[Christopher] would not do anything to a girl like you."
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20th Dec '12 5:53:27 PM Noraneko
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* KarmaHoudini: In the miniseries, not so much the book: [[spoiler: Although Sylvia doesn't end up with Christopher as she originally wanted, she doesn't wind up any worse off at the end, despite her bad behavior - the miniseries leaves it hanging whether Campion will accept her marriage proposal.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: In the miniseries, not so much the book: [[spoiler: Although Sylvia doesn't end up with Christopher as she originally wanted, she doesn't wind up any worse off at the end, despite her bad behavior - the miniseries leaves it hanging whether Campion will accept her marriage proposal.proposal, although in the script he does deny her.]]
13th Dec '12 10:03:35 AM johnnye
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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Valentine, in contrast with cynical and selfish FieryRedhead Sylvia.
13th Dec '12 9:19:26 AM SeptimusHeap
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* HairOfGold: Valentine, in contrast with cynical and red-haired Sylvia.
30th Oct '12 2:49:14 PM korpse_man
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* AdaptationDistillation: The MiniSeries misses out the last book (Set following the war).
22nd Oct '12 9:40:59 PM RoseAndHeather
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* LoveAtFirstSight: Valentine and Christopher both declare that they fell in love "from the first moment."
14th Oct '12 1:31:23 PM Deathbysalmon
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** JackHuston as Gerald Drake

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** JackHuston [[BoardwalkEmpire Jack Huston]] as Gerald DrakeDrake.
14th Oct '12 1:30:51 PM Deathbysalmon
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** JackHuston as Gerald Drake
7th Oct '12 8:06:28 PM Noraneko
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: And ''how''!
7th Oct '12 8:05:22 PM Noraneko
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sylvia is this [[spoiler:to General Campion by the end]].

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sylvia is this [[spoiler:to General Campion by the end]]. Although Sylvia is this to pretty much everyone in general.
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