Brideshead Revisited (1981)

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Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Charles Ryder (11 episodes, 1981)
 Julia Flyte / ... (11 episodes, 1981)
Roger Milner ...
 Wilcox (10 episodes, 1981)
 Cordelia Flyte (9 episodes, 1981)
 Lord Brideshead 'Bridey' (8 episodes, 1981)
 Sebastian Flyte (6 episodes, 1981)
 Rex Mottram (6 episodes, 1981)
 Lady Marchmain (5 episodes, 1981)
 Edward Ryder (5 episodes, 1981)


Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then invites Charles to dinner after his teddy bear Aloysius 'refuses to talk to him' unless he is forgiven. Charles becomes involved with Sebastian's family, Catholic peers of the realm in Protestant England. The story is told in flashback as Charles, now an officer in the British Army, is moved with his company to an English country house that he discovers to be Brideshead, Sebastian's family home where Charles has a series of memories of his youth and young manhood, his loves, life, and a journey of faith and anguish. Written by John Vogel <>

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Release Date:

18 January 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En förlorad värld  »

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£10,000,000 (estimated)

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(11 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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Originally, producer Derek Granger asked Anthony Andrews to play the role of Charles Ryder. Andrews, however, felt he was better suited for the part of Sebastian Flyte. Jeremy Irons, Granger's first choice for Sebastian, preferred to play Ryder, so the two actors swapped roles. See more »


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The best adaptation I have ever seen

Simply enchanting. Waugh's excellent use of English in recounting the story of the doomed Marchmain family is brought to life without losing one iota of its charm and power. I doubt that anyone will be able to imagine anyone other than Anthony Andrews as Sebastian or Nikolas Grace as Anthony Blanche; Jeremy Irons gives a well-rounded performance, Diana Quick is suitably gorgeous and a host of great English actors (Gielgud, Olivier et al) lend support to a fantastic script and excellent direction. See this.

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