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Testament of Youth 

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:
Cheryl Campbell ...  Vera Brittain 5 episodes, 1979
Emrys James Emrys James ...  Mr. Brittain 5 episodes, 1979
Jane Wenham Jane Wenham ...  Mrs. Brittain 5 episodes, 1979
Peter Woodward ...  Roland Leighton 5 episodes, 1979
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ...  Edward Brittain 4 episodes, 1979
Rosalie Crutchley ...  Miss Penrose 4 episodes, 1979
Gary Watson ...  Poetry Spoken By 4 episodes, 1979
Michael Troughton ...  Victor Richardson 3 episodes, 1979
Geoffrey Burridge Geoffrey Burridge ...  Geoffrey 3 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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Superb Cheryl Campbell Starrer
30 December 2019 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Superbly done miniseries based on the book by Vera Brittain. Autobiographical look at Brittain's life as a young woman during World War I.

Vera's comfy middle-class life is shattered by the outbreak of war. He father loses his business and she watches as her brother, friends, and fiancee march off to France to fight the Kaiser.

She gives up her studies at Oxford to become a nurse and eventually serves on the front during the endless war years. By the end of the war, her brother, friends, and fiancee are all dead and she struggles with what to do with her empty life.

Eventually she goes back to Oxford and meets the radical Winifred Holtby (Joanna McCallum) and moves toward a life as a writer and pacifist. Vera publishes her first novel, THE DARK TIDE in 1923 and eventually becomes part of the living world again.

Devastating look at the war and its effects on women and the families back in England as seen through Brittain's eyes. Co-stars include Emrys James as the father, Jane Wenham as the mother, Rupert Frazer as Edward, Peter Woodward as Roland, Rosalie Crutchley as Miss Penrose, and Frances Tomelty as Sister Hope.

Cheryl Campell won a well-deserved BAFTA for her superb performance as Brittain. An unseen narrator reads bits of poetry by Wildred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and Ezra Pound over the grim footage of the war.

In one scene a horrified Brittain reads an article in the London Times encouraging the "generation of spinsters" to emigrate from England and go to Canada or Australia or South Africa, as though the unmarried women were at fault for being too grim a memory of the war that wiped out a generation of young men.

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30 November 1980 (USA) See more »

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El legado de la juventud See more »

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