''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 [[Creator/BenedictCumberbatch same]] [[Creator/RogerAllam actors]] in radio comedy ''Radio/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.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Almost all of high society London thinks Christopher is a pimp, of all things.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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
* 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."
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