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Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen and Sam Claflin take the lead role in William Boyd's funny, moving and ambitious adaptation of his best-selling novel, exploring one man's tumultuous and unpredictable journey through the 20th century

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Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen and Sam Claflin take the lead role in William Boyd's funny, moving and ambitious adaptation of his best-selling novel, exploring one man's tumultuous and unpredictable journey through the 20th century

Series 1 Summary

Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen and Sam Claflin take on the lead role of Logan Mountstuart in William Boyd's adaptation of his best-selling novel. From one man's emotional, tumultuous and unpredictable journey through the 20th century comes a funny, moving and ambitious four-part drama.

Told through Logan's intimate journals, beginning with the idealism and arrogance of his youth, through the triumphs and tragedies of middle-age, to the unexpected dramas of his twilight years - his story reveals that all our lives are ultimately random, and defined by luck and seemingly inconsequential choices.

Hayley Atwell, Natasha Little, Emerald Fennell, Ed Stoppard, Samuel West and Kim Cattrall star alongside Gillian Anderson and Tom Hollander as the lovers, wives, friends and infamous figures he encounters throughout his ordinary and yet utterly extraordinary life.

  • Episode 1

    Logan Mountstuart is a student at Oxford in the 1920s, aspiring to become a great novelist but even more desperate to lose his virginity.

    Seemingly trapped by a promise to his dying father to join the family corned beef company, a chance encounter with Ernest Hemingway re-ignites his literary passion.

    But when true love really does hit him, how will Logan cope when faced with the fact that life is random and uncontrollable?

  • Episode 2

    Working as a journalist during the Spanish Civil War, Logan confides in Hemingway, knowing he must make decisions about Freya and Lottie.

    With the outbreak of WWII, Logan is recruited as a British Agent by Ian Fleming. Foreign assignments lead to encounters with the formidable Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

    Although the world is in turmoil, Logan's domestic life is bliss. Freya and Stella, their daughter, are thriving and it seems at last that Logan understands the meaning of true love.

  • Episode 3

    Following some personal tragedy, Logan appears to have moved on and found success and happiness in the art world of New York.

    But a family death brings him back to London where he meets Peter's third wife Gloria, and attempts to come to terms with his loss.

  • Episode 4

    Logan is released from hospital after making a slow recovery from a traffic accident. But times are hard, and lacking in funds he has to be resourceful in an attempt to live what remains of his life to the full.

Any Human Heart synopsis

Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen and Sam Claflin take the lead role in William Boyd's funny, moving and ambitious adaptation of his best-selling novel, exploring one man's tumultuous and unpredictable journey through the 20th century

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