Judi Dench's long and illustrious career had only just begun when she appeared as suffragette Valentine Wannop in this 1964 BBC adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's tetralogy of novels. Wannop becomes the mistress of Christopher Tietjens (Ronald Hines), an affluent government statistician whose marriage to the venomous socialite Sylvia (Jeanne Moody) is unraveling. With the outbreak of the Great War, Tietjens is sent to the front, but even the horrors he encounters there are for him but a backdrop to his personal drama and his sense that an era of order and propriety in British life is passing away.
"The star of this adaptation is Dench, and fans who have not had the opportunity to see her early roles should watch [this series].... The 1964 adaptation may indeed be old by television standards, but it presents an intriguing interpretation that offers new insights into Ford's classic story."—Popmatters.com