This adaption of E.M. Forster’s hit novel of the same name follows the lives of three families in England during the early 1900s – the wealthy Wilcoxes, the idealistic Schlegels and the lower-middle class Basts.
The first episode sees the Margaret Schlegel and her family travel up to the Wilcoxs’ family home in Howards End, after learning that her sister Helen has fallen in love with Paul Wilcox.
The sisters later meet struggling bank clerk Leonard Bast at a concert, though he quickly becomes uncomfortable in their company.
Co-produced by the BBC and Starz, Howards End was written for television by the award-winning screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan.
BBC executive producer Lucy Richer has assured viewers that, despite being set more than a century ago, the romantic drama has plenty of “relevant themes”.
She said: “Kenneth Lonergan is one of our truly great contemporary voices, and his adaptation of this adored timeless classic will surprise and delight a whole new audience with its timely and relevant themes.”
What time is Howards End on?
Howards End will air on BBC One at 9pm tonight (November 12), putting it in direct competition with Elton John: The Nation’s Favourite Song on ITV and Big Ben: Saving the World’s Most Famous Clock on Channel 4.
The programme will be streamed live on BBC iPlayer and will be available on catch up shortly after broadcast.
How many episodes of Howards End are there?
The mini-series is comprised of four hour-long episodes and will air at the same time every Sunday.
Who is in the cast of Howards End?
A star-studded cast includes Hayley Atwell, who portrays Margaret.
Haley is best known for her roles in Agent Carter, Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Alongside her will be Ripper Street actor Matthew Macfadyen as Henry Wilcox and Tracey Ullman, who plays Auny Juley Mund.
Joe Bannister will play Charles Wilcox and Bessie Carter stars as Evie Wilcox.
Also on the roster is comedian Miles Jupp as Percy Cahill and Alex Lawther as Tibby Schlegel.
The series was written by Manchester By The Sea’s Kenneth Lonergan. The acclaimed screenwriter and director has been nominated for multiple Oscars and has won countless other film and television awards.