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December 7, 2017

‘Howards End’ Trailer: Hayley Atwell Searches For Love In Kenneth Lonergan Adaptation

If you’re a serious Anglophile, chances are you’ve already worked your way through all four episodes of “Howards End,” which aired on this fall on BBC One. But if you’re like us, you’re still struggling with a mountain of Things To Watch, and you’re more than happy to have the breathing room and wait for this series to land stateside.

Based on E.M. Forster‘s novel, adapted by Kenneth Lonergan (“You Can Count On Me,” “Manchester By The Sea“), and directed by BAFTA winner Hettie Macdonald (“White Girl,” “Fortitude“), the story follows two sisters as they search for  love and meaning while navigating an ever-changing world. Here’s the official synopsis:

Margaret (Hayley Atwell) and Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) are intelligent and idealistic young women living together with their hypochondriac younger brother Tibby (Alex Lawther) in Edwardian London. Since the death of their parents and despite their interfering Aunt Juley’s (Tracey Ullman) best intentions, the sisters lead independent and slightly unorthodox lives. After meeting the wealthy and conservative Wilcox family on holiday, Margaret forms a friendship with the older and more traditional Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond). When Ruth unexpectedly dies, Margaret finds herself increasingly drawn to the newly widowed Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), a self-made businessman who inherits his late wife’s beloved country home Howards End. Meanwhile, the passionate and capricious Helen takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn), a young bank clerk who is struggling to make ends meet, trapped by his promise to marry his alluring but vulnerable lover Jacky (Rosalind Eleazar).

“Howards End” hits Starz in April 2018.

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