Stoppard’s ‘Parade’s End’ marches to Mipcom

Skein stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall

British playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard will launch his high-end period saga “Parade’s End” at the Mipcom sales mart in Cannes Oct 4.

The five-part skein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, is being distributed by BBC Worldwide.

Stoppard has adapted the series, set in the closing years of Edwardian England when the trauma of World War I changed British society forever, from four novels by Ford Madox Ford.

“Parade’s End” is being produced by Mammoth Screen for the BBC, HBO and Lookout Point.

The helmer is Susanna White, whose credits include HBO’s “Generation Kill” and the BBC’s most recent version of “Bleak House.Accompanying Stoppard in Cannes will be David Parfitt, who is producing “Parade’s End,” seen by some observers as the BBC’s answer to ITV’s hugely successful “Downton Abbey,” also set in Edwardian England.

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