Brideshead Revisited: Season 1, Episode 11

Brideshead Revisited (22 Dec. 1981)

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In the winter of 1939, Lord Marchmain decides to return to Brideshead from Venice in view of the deteriorating international situation. It soon becomes apparent that he is in declining ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cara (as Stephane Audran)
Peter Gordon ...
Ralph Nossek ...
Roger Milner ...
Father Mackay
Mary MacLeod ...
Peter Newton ...
Derek Hockridge ...
Doctor Grant
John Nettleton ...
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In the winter of 1939, Lord Marchmain decides to return to Brideshead from Venice in view of the deteriorating international situation. It soon becomes apparent that he is in declining health and has in fact come home to die. He has taken a dislike to Bridey's new wife and suggests he may leave Brideshead Castle to Julia and Charles. Religion - specifically whether Lord Marchmain will accept the last rites - becomes an issue. Charles simply cannot understand or accept the family's religious beliefs but in his dying moments, Lord Marchmain does provide a sign indicating his wishes. The entire episode forever changes Charles and Julia's relationship. In the spring of 1944, Charles, now an army Captain, living on the grounds of Brideshead Castle, walks the corridors of a place he knows so well and remembers the life that is past him. Written by garykmcd

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When Lord Marchmain returns to Brideshead, he is accommodated on the ground floor (in the "Chinese drawing room"). However, when Charles Ryder is being shown around the castle by a commanding officer some years later, the two walks up a flight of stairs to the second floor where they enter the (same) "Chinese drawing room", intact with all details. See more »


[Lord Marchmain is now very close to death. Doctor Grant has said that the least little shock will kill him. Julia has sent for Father McKay to administer the Last Rites]
Charles Ryder: You said just now that the least shock would kill him. What could be worst for a man who fears death, as he does, than to have a priest brought to him? A priest he turned out when he had the strength.
Doctor Grant: I think it may kill him.
Charles Ryder: Then you will forbid it?
Doctor Grant: I have no authority to forbid anything. I can only give an opinion.
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