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Birdsong

Episode #1.1 (Season 1, Episode 1)
TV-MA
TV Episode | 85 min | Drama, History, Romance

In the trenches in 1916 Stephen Wraysford recalls how,six years earlier aged twenty,he was staying in Amiens with the Azaire family whilst studying draughtsmanship at the unsympathetic Rene Azaire's factory. Rene's hardness has brought his...See moreIn the trenches in 1916 Stephen Wraysford recalls how,six years earlier aged twenty,he was staying in Amiens with the Azaire family whilst studying draughtsmanship at the unsympathetic Rene Azaire's factory. Rene's hardness has brought his workers out on strike and Rene's younger wife Isabelle takes food to the starving families. Stephen is attracted to her and they begin an affair,leaving Amiens when they are found out. Back in the trenches Stephen is seen as aloof and a loner,his only friend being Captain Michael Weir,an engineer in charge of digging tunnels to plant explosives under the German lines.Michael's best worker is the popular miner Jack Firebrace and,when Stephen catches Jack asleep on sentry duty,Michael persuades him not to press for the man's court-martial. Forced to join the tunnellers Stephen is appalled by their working conditions and,after a confrontation with the Germans,he is left for dead,his body being rescued from the rows of corpses by Jack Firebrace. Written by don @ minifie-1 See less
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Writers
Sebastian Faulks (novel) | Abi Morgan (screenplay)
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Updated Jan 22, 2012

Release date
Apr 22, 2012 (United States)
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28 cast members
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Eddie Redmayne
Stephen Wraysford Stephen Wraysford   See fewer
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Laurent Lafitte
René Azaire René Azaire   See fewer
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Clémence Poésy
Isabelle Isabelle   See fewer
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Patrice Thibaud
Monsieur Bérard Monsieur Bérard   See fewer
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Isabelle Gomez
Madame Bérard Madame Bérard   See fewer
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Clara Grebot
Lisette Azaire Lisette Azaire   See fewer
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Maxime Roussel
Grégoire Azaire Grégoire Azaire   See fewer
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George MacKay
Private Douglas Private Douglas   See fewer
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Joseph Mawle
Jack Firebrace Jack Firebrace   See fewer
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Richard Madden
Captain Weir Captain Weir   See fewer
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Sean McKenzie
Turner Turner   See fewer
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Thomas Turgoose
Private Tipper Private Tipper   See fewer
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Rory Keenan
Private Brennan Private Brennan   See fewer
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Nicholas Moss
RSM Price (as Nick Moss) RSM Price (as Nick Moss)   See fewer
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Matthew Goode
Captain Gray Captain Gray   See fewer
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Misi Dunai
Riley (as Mihály Dunai) Riley (as Mihály Dunai)   See fewer
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Máté Szabó
Lebrun Lebrun   See fewer
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Gyula Kormos
Factory Manager Factory Manager   See fewer
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Matthew Aubrey
Private Byrne Private Byrne   See fewer
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Piroska Molnár
Marguerite Marguerite   See fewer
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Declan Hannigan
Military Medic Military Medic   See fewer
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Kornél Simon
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David Monteath
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7.6 / 10 | 99 votes