HBO launches the five-part series “Parade’s End” at 9 p.m. tonight. The co-production with the BBC is based on Ford Madox Ford’s series of books about the lives of the ruling class during World War I. The scripts have been adapted to television by British playwright Tom Stoppard (“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”).
The premium cable series stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“War Horse”) as Christopher Tietjens, a man dealing with a failing marriage during a time of great unrest in the world. Cumberbatch talked about being part of the cable production during the television critics tour.