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Tom Stoppard to adapt Ford novel for BBC

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Sir Tom Stoppard is adapting a Ford Madox Ford novel for the BBC.

Parade's End is set between the end of the Edwardian era and the end of the First World War and focuses on a love triangle between an aristocrat, his wife, and a young suffragette.

Stoppard, who is returning to television for the first time in 20 years, explained that he was drawn to the project once he read the novel.

"The BBC came to me with the idea of adapting Ford's novel for TV two years ago," he said. "I had never read it and I fell in love with it. Parade's End has been my main pre-occupation since then.

"I confess I feel a bit proud of it, and now that Susanna White has come on board to direct Parade's End I'm thoroughly excited about it."

Meanwhile, the BBC's controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson said: "Tom Stoppard is without a doubt one of the world's finest writers and we are thrilled to welcome him back to the BBC with his extraordinary and witty take on a complex novel."

Parade's End, which will be a five-part series, is expected to air on BBC Two next year.

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