'Howards End': Behind the Scenes of the New Starz Miniseries (PHOTOS)

Kate Hahn

“There are always challenges to making a period piece,” says Howards End executive producer Colin Callender.

He faced plenty while filming this romantic drama, based on the E.M. Forster novel and set in early-20th-century Britain. Oftentimes, the weather wouldn’t cooperate (“In England, you can have four seasons within one day,” he says) and neither would the vintage Rolls-Royce, which struggled to start.

'Howards End': The Schlegel Sisters Aren't Your Typical Edwardian Women

'Howards End': The Schlegel Sisters Aren't Your Typical Edwardian Women

'They don’t sit at charity luncheons with upper-class women merely talking about social reform,' says star Hayley Atwell.

In the end, the cast and crew overcame the obstacles to deliver a stunning four-part series, which follows sisters Margaret (Hayley Atwell) and Helen (Philippa Coulthard) as they become involved with wealthy Henry (Matthew Macfadyen) and struggling Leonard (Joseph Quinn), respectively.

Ahead of the premiere, Starz shares exclusive photos from the shoot. Click through the gallery above.

Howards End, Miniseries Premiere, Sunday, April 8, 8/7c, Starz