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Brideshead Revisited 

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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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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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In December 1981, Geoffrey Burgon's theme music was released as a single and reached number forty-eight on the U.K. Singles Chart. It is the only piece by Burgon to have entered the mainstream pop chart. 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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The best adaptation I have ever seen
22 January 2001 | by SunTzu-4See all my reviews

Simply enchanting. Waugh's excellent use of English in recounting the story of the doomed Marchmain family is brought to life without losing one iota of its charm and power. I doubt that anyone will be able to imagine anyone other than Anthony Andrews as Sebastian or Nikolas Grace as Anthony Blanche; Jeremy Irons gives a well-rounded performance, Diana Quick is suitably gorgeous and a host of great English actors (Gielgud, Olivier et al) lend support to a fantastic script and excellent direction. See this.


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