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Et in Arcadia Ego 

In the spring of 1944, Capt. Charles Ryder finds that he and his men are relocated to the grounds of Brideshead Castle. Charles knows the place well and he recalls a time 20 years before ... See full summary »

Writers:

Evelyn Waugh (novel), John Mortimer (adaptation)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Charles Ryder
Kenneth Cranham ... Sergeant Block
Richard Hope ... Lieutenant Hooper
John Nettleton ... Commanding Officer
David McAlister ... Second-in-Command
Wayne Paulo Wayne Paulo ... Adjutant
Robin Hooper ... Captain Dodds
Gary Waldhorn ... Major Wilson
Chris Humphreys ... Captain Downs (as Cecil Humphreys)
Simon Chandler ... Lieutenant James
Vance Dallas Vance Dallas ... Corporal
Anthony Andrews ... Sebastian Flyte
Bill Owen ... Lunt
Stephen Moore Stephen Moore ... Jasper
Nickolas Grace Nickolas Grace ... Anthony Blanche
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Storyline

In the spring of 1944, Capt. Charles Ryder finds that he and his men are relocated to the grounds of Brideshead Castle. Charles knows the place well and he recalls a time 20 years before when he met Lord Sebastian Flyte, the second son of Lord Marchmain and for whom Brideshead was home. It was in his third term at Oxford that he and Sebastian became great friends and for Charles, a time when he matured and gained a greater appreciation for life. He soon became part of Sebastian's group of friends including such characters as the flamboyant Anthony Blanche and Boy Mulcaster. During the long holiday, Charles finds himself living at home with his somewhat eccentric father, with no money and little to do. He is saved however when Sebastian asks him to come to Brideshead for a visit. There, he meets Sebastian's sister Julia for the first time. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

12 October 1981 (UK) See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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Trivia

The scene of the tents in the quad of Ryder's college (in preparation for a ball) was filmed at Hertford College, Oxford. That's the same college that Evelyn Waugh attended in real life. Students there can point out a ground-floor window in the Old Quad where 'Sebastian' leaned in and threw up, which is how Ryder and Sebastian meet in the book. See more »

Goofs

After the haircut scene, Hooper's hair clearly hasn't been cut anything like short enough to have satisfied the C.O. See more »

Quotes

Charles Ryder: Each as he came into the room made first for the plovers' eggs, then noticed Sebastian and then myself with a polite lack of curiosity which seemed to say: "We should not dream of being so offensive as to suggest that you never met us before."
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