Brideshead Revisited

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Brideshead Revisited

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Welcome to the Brideshead Revisited guide at TV.com. Based on a book by Evelyn Waugh, this series is a lament for an aristocratic England which at the end of the 1939-45 War seemed to be vanishing for ever. Charles Ryder, a wartime British Army captain, is posted to Brideshead Castle and remembers his doomed pre-war love affairs there - first with Lord Sebastian Flyte, later with his sister Julia. Filmed on locations which included Castle Howard, Yorkshire (as Brideshead Castle), Oxford, Venice, Malta, and the transatlantic liner Queen Elizabeth, the budget for the eleven episodes was compared to that for a string of feature films. The result was spectacular - in Mike Scott's words, "every frame a Rembrandt". The series is available on VHS and DVD and has a total length of 750 minutes. Awards: Brideshead Revisited took three BAFTA Awards in 1982 (Best Drama Series, Best Film Sound, and Best Actor - for Anthony Andrews) and had six other BAFTA nominations in the same year. In the USA, it received two Golden Globe Awards, and Jeremy Irons was nominated for a third for his portrayal of Charles Ryder.moreless
Charles Keating

Charles Keating

Rex Mottram

Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons

Charles Ryder

Simon Jones

Simon Jones

Lord Brideshead

Jane Asher

Jane Asher

Lady Celia Ryder

Anthony Andrews

Anthony Andrews

Lord Sebastian Flyte

Diana Quick

Diana Quick

Lady Julia Flyte/Julia Mottram

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  • Classic adaptation of a well-loved book builds the reputations of its young stars

    8.5
    Evelyn Waugh's 'Brideshead Revisited' is one of the great books of the early twentieth century, and this TV version from Granada Television certainly did it justice. The story of Charles (Jeremy Irons) and Sebastian (Anthony Andrews), who meet at university and whose lives become ever more linked as the years go by, is well served by the beautiful production values of this series, great locations, and class performances from its young leads, plus veterans such as Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud. A running time this long would not exist in today's TV world, where money rather than quality is the driver, but we can be glad that this series came from the 1980s drama golden age - and that it stands up so well today.moreless
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    Historical, Classics, British TV