The highly anticipated four part all star adaptation of Howards End premieres on BBC One on Sunday 12 November at 9.00pm
Spring 1907 in England. Margaret Schlegel is at home with her overbearing Aunt Juley and her hypochondriac brother Tibby when she receives a letter from her younger sister Helen, who is visiting the Wilcox family at their country house, Howards End.
On hearing that Helen has fallen for the youngest Wilcox son, Paul, Aunt Juley is swiftly dispatched to Howards End to represent the Schlegel family – slightly prematurely as the engagement does not come to pass.
Leaving the social awkwardness of the Wilcox encounter behind them, the Schlegels attend a concert in London with visiting German relatives. During the performance Helen strikes up conversation with Leonard Bast, a struggling young bank clerk, and accidentally leaves the concert with his umbrella. On discovering the mix-up Margaret gives her card to Bast and implores him to stay for tea with them at their Wickham Place home, but he quickly becomes uncomfortable in their company and leaves.
In a twist of fate the Wilcoxes move up to London and end up renting the apartment across the street from the Schlegels, and Margaret strikes up a friendship with enigmatic but ailing Mrs. Wilcox.
Pictured above are Henry Wilcox (played by Matthew MacFadyen) and Margaret Schlegel (played by Hayley Atwell)
Howards End Episode 1 (of 4) airs on Sunday 12 November 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC One.