“I have such a huge affection for Christopher, more so than almost any other character I’ve ever played. I sympathise with his care, sense of duty and virtue, his intelligence in the face of hypocritical, self-serving mediocrity, his appreciation of quality, and his love for his country. He mourns a way of life that is being eroded by money, schemers and politicians, ineffectual military boobies and the carelessness of man’s industrialised progress. He is a noble, if accidental, hero fighting for relevance–a man out of time who is struggling with political and economic injustice. That’s what makes him relevant in what could be dismissed as ‘merely another Toff in a period drama.’”
— Benedict Cumberbatch on his character, Christopher Tiejens, in the five-episode television mini-series Parade’s End (2012).