Vera Brittain's world falls to pieces around her as, one by one, the young men of her circle are caught up in the Great War.




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Series cast summary:
 Vera Brittain 5 episodes, 1979
Emrys James ...
 Mr. Brittain 5 episodes, 1979
Jane Wenham ...
 Mrs. Brittain 5 episodes, 1979
 Roland Leighton 5 episodes, 1979
 Miss Penrose 4 episodes, 1979
Rupert Frazer ...
 Edward Brittain 4 episodes, 1979
 Victor Richardson 3 episodes, 1979
June Tobin ...
 Mrs. Leighton 2 episodes, 1979
Geoffrey Burridge ...
 Geoffrey 2 episodes, 1979
Kenneth Gilbert ...
 Mr. Richardson 2 episodes, 1979
 Mr. Leighton 2 episodes, 1979


Vera Brittain's world falls to pieces around her as, one by one, the young men of her circle are caught up in the Great War.

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Drama | Romance | War





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30 November 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El legado de la juventud  »

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My grandparents story
7 June 2006 | by (Liverpool, UK) – See all my reviews

Vera Brittain is a bright young woman growing up in a middle class Derbyshire family in 1914. Her world seems to be a constant fight with her father to be allowed to go to University like her brother.

Suddenly (this is doubly true) the Great War starts and throws the whole of society into turmoil. Vera goes to University but all her menfolk, brothers and friends join up to fight the Boche.

By 1916 they are ALL dead including her dear brother and fiancé. Vera gives up University and signs up as a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) aka a nurse working just behind the front lines in a Field Hospitals in France and Belgium. The suffering of the men - both British and German (Vera gets to be one of the few nurses who look after German casualties) is well represented.

Vera Brittain was the mother of the British politician Shirley Williams. We owe her a lot for showing us the pain and heartache of that now almost vanished generation.

This TV adaptation is a very good representation of the book of the same name. It was for me, as a young man when I first saw it - one unmissable show while it was on.

Watch it - you may learn something of those terrible times

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