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The aristocratic Sebastian invites his middle-class university friend Charles to spend a glorious summer at the amazing family home, Brideshead.


Charles Sturridge


Evelyn Waugh (novel), John Mortimer (adaptation)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Diana Quick ... Julia Flyte
Jeremy Irons ... Charles Ryder
Anthony Andrews ... Sebastian Flyte
Roger Milner Roger Milner ... Wilcox
Simon Jones ... Lord Brideshead 'Bridey'
Phoebe Nicholls ... Cordelia Flyte
Ralph Nossek Ralph Nossek ... Plender
Alfredo Michelagnoli Alfredo Michelagnoli ... Under-Butler
Maria Scarpa Maria Scarpa ... Maria
Laurence Olivier ... Lord Marchmain
Stéphane Audran ... Cara (as Stephane Audran)
Victor Baring Victor Baring ... Count Guzzolli
John Gielgud ... Edward Ryder
Michael Bilton Michael Bilton ... Hayter


Charles is rescued from his dull existence at home when Sebastian asks him to come to Brideshead. They spend an idyllic summer and have the run of the castle. Eventually, Charles meets Sebastian's older brother, Lord Brideshead - known to all as Bridey - and his youngest sister Cordelia. Charles doesn't quite understand the family's Roman Catholic beliefs however. He is pleased when Sebastian informs him that, despite their penurious state, they are off to Venice to visit his father. Lord Marchmain has lived there for many years with his mistress, Cara, and has very rarely returned to Brideshead. Charles drinks in the beauty of Venice and particularly its art. He also learns why Lord Marchmain refuses to set foot in England. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance



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20 October 1981 (UK) See more »

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Cordelia Flyte: If you weren't an agnostic I should ask you for five shillings to buy a black god-daughter.
Charles Ryder: Nothing would surprise me about your religion.
Cordelia Flyte: It's a new thing that a priest started last term. You send five bob to some nuns in Africa and they christen a baby and name her after you. I have got six black Cordelias. Isn't that lovely?
[Ryder looks utterly bewildered]
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