Howards End: Miniseries (2018)


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


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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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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (15)

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…

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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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…
Top Critic

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…
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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…

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…

It's fun, I really did enjoy it.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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