Brideshead Revisited

Season 1 Episode 1

Et in Arcadia Ego

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Aired Unknown Oct 12, 1981 on ITV
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In 1944, the fifth year of the Second World War, a thoughtful middle-aged British Army officer, Captain Charles Ryder, finds himself posted at short notice to Brideshead Castle. Ryder has been there before, and time slips back to when he was an undergraduate at Oxford, twenty years before. There he meets Sebastian Flyte (a young man with a teddy bear) when Sebastian, rolling drunk, vomits through Charles's window and sends him flowers to apologize. Charles becomes part of Sebastian's set, which includes the aesthete Anthony Blanche and the more traditional 'Boy' Mulcaster. He also visits Brideshead for the first time, where he meets Sebastian's sisters Julia and Cordelia.moreless

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      • "Et in Arcadia ego" is a Latin tag which famously appears on tombs in two paintings by Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665). It is usually translated as "I am also in Arcadia" or "I am even in Arcadia", where the "I" is perhaps Death. But Andre Felibien, Poussin's biographer, thought it meant "the person buried here has lived in Arcadia" - that is, he or she once enjoyed earthly pleasures.

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