Kenneth Lonergan (Margaret, Manchester By the Sea) adapting Howards End into a four-part BBC mini-series seems like it should be a bigger event than it currently is. I mean, this is one of the greatest screenwriters of his generation, adapting one of the finest works of literature ever penned.
Check out the teaser, which features Hayley Atwell in the lead role of Margaret Schlegel:
If you skipped the book in high school (or the great Merchant-Ivory picture with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson), Howards End focuses on the Schlegel sisters (Hayley Atwell and Philippa Coulthard), the former of whom is wooed by an older widower (Matthew MacFayden), the latter of whom attempts to aid a young bank clerk (Joseph Quinn). Directed by Hettie Macdonald, the Lonergan-scripted adaptation also stars Julia Ormond, Tracey Ullman, Alex Lawther and Miles Jupp.
The four-part series airs on November 12 on BBC One, with Starz expected to deliver the show in 2018 for U.S. audiences.