It’s about the clash of two social cultures if I recall my A level. Wilcox are new money. Crass, afraid of emotions, live in fear of convention. When he marries ms S who are all about feelings and arts, he has to change which he does.
But she said in episode 2 I think,”only connect” which is The Phrase Of The Book, and she does, she connects at a human level with mr Wilcox in the end.
The poor Bastes the whole point is Helen messed their lives no matter her good intentions
I watched episode 1, then read the book before the next episode. I thought the series true to the book, and didn't think the book was that great. I cannot see why it is thought of as a classic needing to be filmed/serialised.
E. M. Forster can be seen on YouTube saying he is not a great writer like Tolstoy as he can only do people like him, people he would like to be like and people who irritate him(or possibly a combination). Maybe this is true, but I still think he's interesting. He didn't publish fiction after A Passage to India, and also said that his pre-first world war books are set in a world that is now gone. Howard's End wouldn't happen today, but Zadie Smith did publish a novel, On Beauty, heavily influenced by it.
And the disasters Helen causes are do to false information from Mr Wilcox, which she should have ignored but perhaps understandably doesn't (particularly since her sister actually becomes engaged to him) and who I always thought does get off lightly, but I think is meant to become at least partly self aware.
Glad it wasn't just me then! I also didn't understand why it was assumed that Henry and Margaret wouldn't have any children and that Howard's End would be left to her nephew - are they meant to be much older in the book? The actress who played Margaret only looked like she was in her late 20s/early 30s?