There's plenty of great TV to watch this season (we're in a golden age of television, don't you know), but there has been a severe lack of Hayley Atwell. Her ABC drama series, Conviction, was cancelled last year, but Atwell bounced back faster than you can say "MCU cameo" by landing the lead in Howards End, a new limited series based on the novel by E.M. Forster. The series has already aired on the BBC but now it's coming to the United States courtesy of Starz. Check out the trailer for the U.S. debut of Howards End below.
The once and future Peggy Carter is back and this time, she's a 20th-century woman navigating the perilous borders of London social classes. Hayley Atwell stars as Margaret Schlegel, an intelligent and idealistic woman living an unorthodox life with her sister Helen (Philippa Coulthard) in Edwardian London. Margaret soon forms an unlikely friendship with the wealthy Ruth Wilcox, but when Ruth passes, she leaves Margaret the family country home known as Howards End. Despite upsetting the Wilcox family, Margaret grows closer the widowed Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), starting a clash of personalities between two very different families. And, of course, there will be plenty of secrets and sassy British putdowns.
Hopefully, Howards End will be the latest British drama for people to go nuts over. As evidenced in the trailer, it looks to be a strong series filled with solid acting and family vs. family drama. Plus, you can never go wrong with Hayley Atwell, who tackles the material like a pro. (Well, Conviction went wrong, but that didn't have to do with her.)
The Howards End adaptation comes from famous screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan, who won big last year at the Academy Awards for his screenplay to Manchester by the Sea. The four-episode long limited series is directed by BAFTA winner Hettie Macdonald (Fortitude). The series is based on the 1910 novel of the same name written by E.M. Forster, which is listed as one of the top 100 English language novels of the 20th century. The novel has previously inspired a 1992 film version that was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning three of them.
Howards End has already aired in the UK on the BBC but it will be arriving on Starz for American audiences on April 2018. That's still a few months away, and while it's not all British, there's plenty of over TV shows to watch. Stay up to date with our midseason guide and keep track of everything that won't be returning with our cancellation guide. For more TV news, make sure to keep it right here at CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.