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Starz Announces Limited Series ‘Howards End’

Series to Be Featured in Four Parts

Starz, with the BBC, will co-produce the limited series “Howards End,” based on the classic E.M. Forster novel from screenwriter and playwright Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea,” “Gangs of New York”). Executive produced by Playground in association with City Entertainment and KippSter Entertainment, this four-part limited series explores the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn of the century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business, and the working class Basts. Hettie Macdonald (“White Girl”) will direct the four hour-long episodes that will air on BBC One in the UK and Starz in the U.S.

The cast will include Hayley Atwell (“Marvel’s Agent Carter”) as Margaret Schlegel, Matthew Macfadyen (“Ripper Street,” “The Last Kingdom,” “MI-5”) as Henry Wilcox, and Tracey Ullman (“The Tracey Ullman Show”) as Aunt Juley Mund.

Playground’s Colin Callender (“Wolf Hall”), City Entertainment’s Joshua D. Maurer (Papillon) and Alixandre Witlin (“The Last Tycoon”), and KippSter Entertainment’s David A. Stern (“The Last Tycoon”) will executive produce along with Playground’s Sophie Gardiner (“Eureka Street”) and Scott Huff (“The Missing”) and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Laura Hastings-Smith (Hunger) is producing.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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