''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, Creator/RebeccaHall as his wife Sylvia, and Creator/AdelaideClemens as Valentine.

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!!Contains Examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: The MiniSeries misses out the last book (set following the war).
* AdaptationalHeroism: The miniseries softens Sylvia up considerably in an effort to make her more well-rounded; for instance, in the books she mocked Christopher's obvious PTSD and memory loss, whereas the series makes it clear she does love Christopher ([[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou in a way]]) and is distressed at his condition, and comforts him. In the books she also enjoys keeping Christopher and Valentine apart because of her sadism, whereas in the series she's clearly suppressing emotion when she tells Valentine to "keep off the grass." Furthermore, the series has her contemplating divorcing (and thus freeing) Christopher, whereas in the books she takes pleasure in making sure he and Valentine stay ruined.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Averted with Christopher in regards to Sylvia [[spoiler:and Valentine]]; his son with Sylvia trapped him in a largely loveless marriage [[spoiler:while his child with Valentine is a constant source of worry for the latter, who knows how poor they are.]]
* 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''! Christopher and Valentine spend three whole books struggling to share the smallest bit of affection. [[spoiler:Subverted in the books, where they eventually end up together, but things don't necessarily get easier. Played straight in the series, however.]]
* TheEdwardianEra: The series is a study of how its traditions and demands affect the characters involved, until it starts to crumble following World War I.
* 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.
* HeelFaceTurn: Though it takes until the end of the series in both the miniseries and the book, Sylvia does eventually have a change of heart and stops tormenting Christopher and Valentine.
* HelloNurse: Deconstructed. Sylvia gains the attention of nearly every man in the room when she enters it, causing their wives and girlfriends to become jealous and move closer to "reclaim" them. While she indeed [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey uses such power to her advantage when she wishes]], the mistrustful response annoys her as she has no real interest in them.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Almost all of high society London thinks Christopher is a pimp, of all things.
* HonorBeforeReason: Christopher tries to embody this sense of "the old ways," much to the frustration of almost all the other characters, who are moving on with society as TheEdwardianEra begins to fall apart; he only really stays with Sylvia and gives in to her manipulations because it's the proper thing to do. [[spoiler:He does eventually break free of this, however.]]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Christopher and Valentine.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Nearly ''everyone'' except Christopher demonstrates themselves to be one.
** Sylvia gets enraged at the potential of Christopher cheating, after her own frequent affairs.
** Edith Duchemin insinuates that Valentine had an abortion, rolls her eyes at her offended denial, and then has the audacity to toss her out of the carriage when Valentine points out Duchemins own adultery. A true friend.
* 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.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: Christopher is the only one more or less immune to Sylvia's powers, which both frustrates and attracts her.
* 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, which doesn't discourage her from the idea whatsoever.]]
* LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics: Christopher's employer expects him to fudge the numbers to help their political allies. Christopher's not happy about it.
* LoveAtFirstSight: In the series, Valentine and Christopher both declare that they fell in love "from the first moment." Actually averted in the books, where Valentine isn't really attracted to Christopher when they first meet, but genuinely falls in love with him over time.
* 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.
** Inverted with Christopher in the last volume, going from a life of upper-crust privilege to a modest life with Valentine, where she's mending her own underwear.
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:Whereas ''A Man Could Stand Up --'' ends with optimism for Christopher and Valentine's EarnYourHappyEnding and elopement, ''The Last Post'', the final entry in the series, sees the consequences of the decision: while the two truly love each other unconditionally, Christopher's reputation has indeed been blown to smithereens thanks to Sylvia as well as his decision to leave his wife for another woman, forcing them on a modest salary from a small furniture business with a business partner that may be swindling them; Valentine is pregnant and not only acutely aware of their precarious financial position but also worrying that Christopher, who she is practically a carer for at this point, will leave her; and Christopher is still obviously suffering from memory loss and PTSD, and his forgetfulness has fiscal consequences on the family. Furthermore Mark's lifestyle is catching up to him and he's dying, and England at large is suffering from the aftereffects of the war and the old institutions are slowly crumbling.]]
* SexIsEvil: Deconstructed. Valentine isn't even aware that sex can be used for anything other than baby-making at first and is horrified and disgusted at deriving joy from it, especially when she begins to have her own fantasies. She later comes to terms with her own sexual desires and even allows her students to read a supposedly scandalous book about married sex to help them develop healthy marriages.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Christopher suffers memory lapses after a head injury in the war.
* ShotgunWedding: Between Christopher and Sylvia, after she falls pregnant with a baby that might not even be his.
* SkewedPriorities: General Campion walks right past the men Christopher has just dragged from the trenches and demands to know why Christopher is so dirty. In the middle of a war, after Christopher survived German shells.
* 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.
* TheHero: 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.
* TragicHero: 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.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: While Christopher still treats Vinnie with politeness, [[spoiler: its implied that Vinnie using Christopher for his job (and getting a knighthood for it) has ended their friendship]].
* 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."
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Sylvia pretends to be dying of cancer in yet another bid to manipulate Christopher in staying by her side. Valentine doesn't buy it.
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