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BBC One's new take on Howards End splits viewers

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 6 days ago Louise McCreesh
BBC One's Howards End leaves a lot of viewers unimpressed, while its next week preview drops a HUGE "spoiler" © BBC BBC One's Howards End leaves a lot of viewers unimpressed, while its next week preview drops a HUGE "spoiler"

An all-star adaptation of EM Forster's best-known novel Howards End aired on BBC One this evening (November 12), and it had Twitter all abuzz.

Just, not entirely for the right reasons.

Originally published in 1910, Howards End follows the story of the Schlegel sisters as they cause havoc for the affluent Wilcoxes.

Joining this four-part adaptation are Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Tracey Ullman, Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice) and Alex Lawther (End of the F***ing World), but despite the strong cast, a lot of viewers weren't feeling it.

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Many compared it less than favourably to the 1992 movie, which boasted Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson among its all-star cast

Thompson played Margaret Schlegel, and recently gave Hayley Atwell some advice on how to play the character, urging her to avoid the film entirely and be her own Margaret.

Atwell's performance was singled out as a high point, but it didn't stop viewers complaining about the apparently imposing musical score and slow pace.

Oh, and also that last-minute "spoiler" about a huge death in next week's episode.

Here's a round-up of reactions:

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A lot of people hated it:








And some people thought it was incredibly inaccurate:




There were those who actually liked it:




But...that's probably because they knew what was going on (many didn't):

That is, until the next week preview dropped a massive spoiler:



Though given Howards End was first published in 1910, it's probably past the statute of limitations on spoilers:

Howards End continues next Sunday (November 19) on BBC One. 

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