If you thought the Beeb had peaked early with The Hollow Crown, then think again, because new, five-part series Parade’s End practically groans with class. It’s been adapted from Ford Maddox Ford’s quartet of novels by none other than the acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard.

The plot follows aristocratic Christopher, who marries wilful socialite Sylvia. Despite their differences and turbulent relationship, he’s determined to be a good husband – but then he meets suffragette Valentine.

Look Out For: The all-star cast – it’s the kind of line-up TV executives would die for. Among the actors on parade are Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Rebecca Hall of Vicky Cristina Barcelona fame, as well as Anne-Marie Duff, Roger Allam, Rufus Sewell, Geoffrey Palmer and Miranda Richardson.

Executive producer Damien Timmer says: “This is one of the great epic stories of modernist fiction. I thought they would make the most extraordinary television, and it struck me that although the novels are revered by critics and commentators, they aren’t particularly well-known to a wide audience, which is such a shame.”