Brideshead Revisited: Season 1, Episode 1

Et in Arcadia Ego (12 Oct. 1981)

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In the spring of 1944, Capt. Charles Ryder finds that he and his men are relocated to the grounds of Brideshead Castle. Charles knows the place well and he recalls a time 20 years before ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sergeant Block
John Nettleton ...
Commanding Officer
David McAlister ...
Wayne Paulo ...
Captain Dodds
Gary Waldhorn ...
Major Wilson
Chris Humphreys ...
Captain Downs (as Cecil Humphreys)
Lieutenant James
Vance Dallas ...
Bill Owen ...
Stephen Moore ...
Nickolas Grace ...


In the spring of 1944, Capt. Charles Ryder finds that he and his men are relocated to the grounds of Brideshead Castle. Charles knows the place well and he recalls a time 20 years before when he met Lord Sebastian Flyte, the second son of Lord Marchmain and for whom Brideshead was home. It was in his third term at Oxford that he and Sebastian became great friends and for Charles, a time when he matured and gained a greater appreciation for life. He soon became part of Sebastian's group of friends including such characters as the flamboyant Anthony Blanche and Boy Mulcaster. During the long holiday, Charles finds himself living at home with his somewhat eccentric father, with no money and little to do. He is saved however when Sebastian asks him to come to Brideshead for a visit. There, he meets Sebastian's sister Julia for the first time. Written by garykmcd

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The scene of the tents in the quad of Ryder's college (in preparation for a ball) was filmed at Hertford College, Oxford. That's the same college that Evelyn Waugh attended in real life. Students there can point out a ground-floor window in the Old Quad where 'Sebastian' leaned in and threw up, which is how Ryder and Sebastian meet in the book. See more »


In voiceover, Charles describes his letter from Sebastian as being written on paper with a black border. The shot of the letter shows no black border. See more »


[very drunk, Sebastian has just leaned in through Charles's window and vomited copiously on the floor]
Old Etonian at Window: I trust that you will forgive my friend. The wines were too various. It was neither the quality nor the quantity that was at fault - it was the mixture. Grasp that and you have the very root of the matter. To understand all is to forgive all.
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