''Parade's End'' is the {{omnibus}} name for a historical tetrology by Ford Maddox Ford about life before, during and after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. The novels revolve around "the last Tory", Christopher Tietjens, a statistician from a wealthy, upper-class family who serves in the British Army, and his disastrous marriage.

The books in the series are:
* ''Some Do Not...'' (1924)
* ''No More Parades'' (1925)
* ''A Man Could Stand Up--'' (1926)
* ''Last Post'' (1928)

It was adapted by Creator/TomStoppard as a Creator/{{BBC}}2 miniseries starring Creator/BenedictCumberbatch as Tietjens, Rebecca Hall as his wife Sylvia, and Adelaide Clemens as Valentine.

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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]] [[Creator/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.
* BittersweetEnding: In the book. [[spoiler:Christopher and Valentine are able to finally live together in peace and Sylvia has a change of heart, but Mark passes away at the very end.]] The TV series is a more straightforward [[EarnYourHappyEnding happy ending]].
* 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: Christopher and Valentine, in contrast with cynical and selfish FieryRedhead Sylvia.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Creator/RogerAllam as General Campion.
** Creator/MirandaRichardson as Mrs. Wannop.
** [[BoardwalkEmpire Jack Huston]] as Gerald Drake.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Christopher and Valentine
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Sylvia uses this successfully on every male she wants to, except it doesn't work on Christopher. There's some suggestion that [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou she loves him partly because of this]], although it's also a major frustration.
* 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
* MeaningfulName: Valentine, Christopher's true love.
* 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.
* The Hero: Christopher,unlike other war novels, the story focuses more Christopher's moral and psychological growth not really on the war even through he's part of it.
* Tragic Hero: Christopher [[spoiler: mercifully averted in the end.]]
* 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.
* UsefulNotes/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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