Howards End: Miniseries (2018)

Howards End

Critics Consensus

Hayley Atwell shines in Howards End, a beautiful, if borderline superficial, adaptation of a much-revered book.



Critic Ratings: 44


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User Ratings: 108
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Air date: Apr 8, 2018
Air date: Apr 15, 2018
Air date: Apr 22, 2018
Air date: Apr 29, 2018

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Margaret (Hayley Atwell) and Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) are intelligent and idealistic young women living together with their hypochondriac younger brother Tibby (Alex Lawther) in Edwardian London. Since the death of their parents and despite their interfering Aunt Juley's (Tracey Ullman) best intentions, the sisters lead independent and slightly unorthodox lives. After meeting the wealthy and conservative Wilcox family on holiday, Margaret forms a friendship with the older and more traditional Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond). When Ruth unexpectedly dies, Margaret finds herself increasingly drawn to the newly widowed Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), a self-made businessman who inherits his late wife's beloved country home Howards End. Meanwhile, the passionate and capricious Helen takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn), a young bank clerk who is struggling to make ends meet, trapped by his promise to marry his alluring but vulnerable lover Jacky (Rosalind Eleazar).


Hayley Atwell
as Margaret Schlegel
Matthew MacFadyen
as Henry Wilcox
Tracey Ullman
as Aunt Juley Mund.
Philippa Coulthard
as Helen Schlegel
Joseph Quinn
as Leonard Bast
Julie Ormond
as Ruth Wilcox
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Critic Reviews for Howards End Miniseries

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (19)

There's something almost comforting in the familiarity of the characters at play-their intellectual sparring matches and their philosophical objections to one another...a masterly adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel that affirms its relevance.

Apr 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Emma Thompson set the bar high, winning an Oscar for her Margaret, but [Hayley] Atwell's a good fit for the part, and [Julia] Ormond makes an endearingly eccentric Ruth.

Apr 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Lonergan's script deftly illustrates the opportunities Meg and Helen could have had if not for the time they lived in.

Apr 5, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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As Margaret, [Hayley] Atwell is extraordinary.

Apr 5, 2018 | Full Review…

A beauty to behold but an ice cube to hold, this "Howards End" never quite thaws.

Apr 4, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

One of Atwell's strengths is that understated comic sense -- she does share some characteristics with Emma Thompson - and Margaret's knowing exasperation with some of her circumstances does a lot to build confidence in her as a character.

Apr 9, 2018 | Full Review…
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While others have already shown the potential of the source material, Macdonald and Lonergan introduce it to a new generation at the right time.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Howards End demonstrates how a period drama can revisit a classic work while enhancing the original vision for modern audiences.

Jan 10, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

While that might work in a novel, where characters can act as ciphers for social change, here they simply come babbling off the page - fretting about faux pas and minor indiscretions to absurd degrees.

May 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I can pay this show no higher a compliment than to say its star improved upon perfection.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Four hour-long episodes is the perfect length for this material. It's long enough to include little grace notes, but not too long to ever feel padded.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The all-British cast is really strong, especially the mesmerizing Hayley Atwell. I also appreciate the fact that they downplay the romance here, instead it's more of a character study and astute commentary of social themes of the time.

Jan 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Howards End: Miniseries

  • Jan 14, 2020
    This Howard's End was enjoyable. However, I have to wonder why money was spent on creating Howard's End when the last one with Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins was so brilliant. There are are so many other good books that can be turned into series. What is with all the remakes - Howard's End, Little Women?
  • Jan 12, 2020
    So lovely. I truly enjoyed watching this
  • Jan 12, 2020
    Very enjoyable story. It's a great little series to watch on a cold rainy day on your couch. Hayley Atwell gives an outstanding performance, as always.
  • Dec 28, 2018
    Well done, but I like the great film even better.
  • Dec 27, 2018
    This transportation me to a place that was very charming. I loved the story, the actors, the costumes and sets. All the hair and makeup was understated and elegant. I loved it.
  • May 31, 2018
    I love my period pieces however I find this series to be well not worth the time. The whole of the conversation border lines with trying to understand and follow the conversation of the main characters overtalkimg each other with interruptions and snide remarks that leave you bored to see what’s next ... and the younger sister and brother make you want to just yell out loud ‘SHUT UP’... because they are so rude and naïve ... certainly wouldn’t want to see further if the series
  • Apr 24, 2018
    Sat and watched three episodes last night to learn today it is a mini series and only 4 parts. My heart is broken.
  • Apr 16, 2018
    The two episodes I've watched do not capture Forster's mood as well as the 1992 film with Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins. Once you've read the book and seen Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins, it will be almost impossible to appreciate this mini series. The only difference is the reality of the scenes shot in London. They are superior because they truly look like the streets of London. Other than that, I'm very disappointed.
  • Apr 08, 2018
    Hayley Atwell is incredible as the independent lady of the day Kenneth Lonergan's new adaptation of Howard's End. It's quite beautifully shot. The colors and designs are breathtaking. The costumes are delightful and the homes are so quaint. If you like British drama, watch Howard's End!
  • Apr 08, 2018
    HOPE THE DIRECTOR; HAYLEY ATWELL AND MATTHEW MACFADYEN GET AN EMMY, THIS ADAPTATION IS GOLD!!! The only minus point for me was the acting of Joseph Quinn.

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