Rising stars Eddie Redmayne and Clemence Poesy have been cast to play passionate lovers Stephen and Isabelle brought together by love and torn apart by the First World War, in BBC One's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' epic love story Birdsong. The two-part adaptation moves between 1910 and 1916, in turns telling the story of Stephen Wraysford's passionate and erotic, but ultimately doomed, affair with Isabelle Azaire before the war, and the enduring effect it has on him as he fights amidst the blood and gore of the trenches.
Birdsong is a 1993 war novel by the English author Sebastian Faulks. Faulks' fourth novel, it tells of a man called Stephen Wraysford at different stages of his life both before and during World War I. Birdsong is part of a trilogy of novels by Sebastian Faulks which includes The Girl at the Lion d'Or and Charlotte Gray which are all linked through location, history and several minor characters.
The novel came 13th in a 2003 BBC survey called the Big Read which aimed to find Britain's favourite bookIn 2011, the BBC announced that Eddie Redmayne and Clémence Poésy had been cast to play Stephen and Isabelle, in BBC One's adaptation of the novel.
Birdsong - Sun, January 22 at 9pm on BBC One
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