BBC One’s Howards End airs with nearly 7 million viewers

Nov 12, 2017

Howards End kicked off on BBC One on 12th November, becoming one of the channel’s highest rated drama launches this year.

The period drama, which stars Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell as Margaret Schlegel, and Ripper Street’s Matthew Macfadyen as Henry Wilcox, opened with 6.8M viewers. The viewing figures are well ahead of other BBC One dramas launched this year, including Strike and SS-GB. Howards End will air on U.S premium cable network Starz in early 2018.

E. M. Forster’s Howards End, originally published in 1910, follows the story of two independent and unconventional sisters, and the men in their lives, as they seek love and meaning in an ever-changing world.

The adaptation, written by Manchester By The Sea writer/director Kenneth Lonergan, is produced by Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment (producers of Wolf Hall and The Missing), in association with Kippster Entertainment. Also starring are Tracey Ullman, Philippa Coulthard, and Miles Jupp.

The third episode airs this Sunday (26th November) at 9pm on BBC One. You can catch up on previous episodes here: