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Birdsong receives universal acclaim

23rd January 2012

The new TV adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' bestselling novel Birdsong has received critical acclaim after the first of two parts was broadcast last night (January 22nd).

A film or TV adaptation of Faulks' modern classic had been mooted since its publication in 1993 and over the years a number of high-profile actors and directors had been attached to the project, until filming was finally greenlit last year.

Now the new adaptation, starring Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, has finally debuted on UK TV screens, with critics heaping universal praise on the production.

The Guardian said the 19-year wait since the novel's publication has been well worth it and welcomed screenwriter Abi Morgan's ability to transfer the tension of the book to the screen.

'The war scenes are extraordinary - a meticulous portrayal of life in the trenches. This adaptation has the detail - the terror and the tedium,' the newspaper said.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph praised Redmayne's performance as the protagonist Stephen Wraysford, who witnesses the horror of war and attempts to make sense of it.

'He gave the part both an aloof melancholy and the sense that his insides had been ripped out. He also gave it drop dead beauty,' the publication added.

The second and concluding part of the drama will be broadcast this Sunday evening on BBC One, with both parts set to be released on DVD later in the year.

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