Howards End is a 2017 miniseries produced by BBC One, from London, and by Starz, from USA. It is based on E. M. Foster book with the same name, which I haven’t read yet, and follows the live of the Schlegel family – the middle class family of Margaret, Helen and Tibby –, and the relations they have with both the Wilcoxes (a rich family) and the Basts (an inpoverished family). It is brilliantly starred by Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Matthew MacFadyen and Joseph Quinn.
By the way, I think it’s no secret that I love Matthew (he’s my favorite Mr. Darcy), and since I’m pretty sure a lot of readers love him too, I gotta say that he’s done a great job portraying Mr. Wilcox. But I’d like to highlight Atwell’s and Coulthard’s acting (they portray Margaret and Helen Schlegel, respectively. Look at the two of them right below:
The Schlegels live in a predominantly progressive environment, and their debates goes from Beethoven’s compositions to gender equality – and that’s what makes the coexistence between the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes so interesting. This and the fact that neither one is showed to the viewers as the good or the bad guy. In four episodes, we get to keep up with their differences, specially towards the Basts situation, and accompany them as their relationship evolves (or not).
I won’t say no more because I don’t want to ruin the fun for anyone – and I loved that I started the show with no idea of what would happen. Or, let me say just one more thing: if we all had a little bit of Margaret Schlegel on us, the world might be a better place.
I hope you enjoyed.
With love, Roberta.