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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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1981  
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Series cast summary:
Jeremy Irons ...  Charles Ryder 11 episodes, 1981
Diana Quick ...  Julia Flyte / ... 11 episodes, 1981
Roger Milner Roger Milner ...  Wilcox 10 episodes, 1981
Phoebe Nicholls ...  Cordelia Flyte 9 episodes, 1981
Simon Jones ...  Lord Brideshead 'Bridey' 8 episodes, 1981
Anthony Andrews ...  Sebastian Flyte 6 episodes, 1981
Charles Keating ...  Rex Mottram 6 episodes, 1981
Claire Bloom ...  Lady Marchmain 5 episodes, 1981
John Gielgud ...  Edward Ryder 5 episodes, 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 invites Charles to lunch 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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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UK

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English

Release Date:

18 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

£10,000,000 (estimated)
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Granada Television See more »
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(11 parts)

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Alternate Versions

The voiceover in the early Venice sequences was added for the American version after producer Derek Granger saw the initial British broadcast and felt there was not a strong enough sense of the religious feelings evoked while viewing the paintings. See more »

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Nostalgia that enriches.
15 November 1998 | by BedeSee all my reviews

A dream cast with a magnificent script (John Mortimer) brings to life Evelyn Waugh's elegiac upon the between-wars years. Golden years and golden people are lost, and the sense of loss is captured in the changes inflicted on the buildings, and in Geoffrey Burgon's heart-wrenching score. Brideshead captures the clash of humanistic values with those of old-time Catholicism, while tracing the decline of an aristocratic (somewhat precious) family, in a series that is part comedy, part romance, part tragedy. It is an enriching experience that no-one should miss.


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