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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:
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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Drama | Romance

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UK

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English

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18 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Sir Laurence Olivier was offered his choice of roles in either Lord Marchmain or Edward Ryder (which ultimately went to Sir John Gielgud). Olivier picked Lord Marchmain, but later regretted the choice as he realized that Edward Ryder was actually a much stronger role. See more »

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A masterpiece of Television
6 January 2005 | by Weasel100See all my reviews

Everyone is of course entitled to an opinion about matters such as this, but how anyone can rate this series as anything less than a great milestone in television is, to my mind at least, quite difficult to understand.

I recently re-read Evelyn Waugh's wonderful novel and was, consequently, inspired to watch the series for the fourth time, on DVD on this occasion. It is disappointing that the DVD boxed set contains no additional features as one would expect from a series which is so highly regarded by so many people. At least, interviews with the stars and comments by the Director, Charles Sturridge, would have been welcome. In that respect, the DVD set can be seen to be somewhat lacking.

However, the acting, direction, costume design, sets and John Mortimer's brilliant adaptation of the novel for television make this one of the greatest achievements in television and a demonstration of what can be accomplished in that medium with a great deal of care for detail.

What I find particularly heart-rending is the transition from the light and airy early scenes to the darker ending of the series. I am really not sure whether this comment contravenes the "spoiler" guidelines but I suspect that I'm on reasonable safe ground in that regard.

I would go so far as to suggest that "Brideshead Revisited" lives up to the comments which were made about it at the time of its release in the early '80s that it is one of the greatest television series ever produced and it is hardly surprising to me at least that a series of such enduring quality emanated from the UK.

10 out of 10 from me. I am looking forward to reading the book and seeing the series again at some time in the not too distant future.

Please do yourselves a great favour and read the novel and then see the series. You will find, as I have done, that it is a true classic and a faithful adaptation from the novel to the small screen.


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