Brideshead Revisited - Season 1

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  • 12/22/81
    9.7
    In flashback, Lord Marchmain, now very ill, comes home to England and prepares to die at Brideshead. Charles and Julia are planning to get married and hope Brideshead will be theirs, but Julia's faith and her sense of mortal sin are troubling her. Charles begins to feel Julia slipping away from him. After her father's death, when he appeared to return to the Roman Catholic faith, Julia arrives at a personal crisis which forces her to give up her irreligious relationship with Charles. In the present day, Charles is still at Brideshead with his regiment and hears news of the Flyte family.moreless
  • 12/14/81
    9.5
    In flashback, Charles is painting a portrait of Julia at Brideshead when Bridey arrives and announces his intention of marrying a Mrs Beryl Muspratt, a middle-aged widow, whom he has met through his hobby of collecting match-box covers. He rebukes Julia for her affair with Charles and says Beryl could not bear to spend a night under the same roof with the two of them while they are "living in sin". Cordelia brings news of Sebastian, who is now living a dismal life as an odd-job man in a remote monastery in North Africa.moreless
  • 12/7/81
    9.2
    Charles and Julia meet again on a transatlantic liner and begin an affair. Rex Mottram and Charles's wife Celia gang up against them.

  • 11/30/81
    9.5
    Bridey is planning to demolish Marchmain House, the family's London residence, and he commissions Charles to paint some last pictures of its interior before the old place comes down. Meanwhile, Charles's marriage to Celia is collapsing.
  • The Unseen Hook
    Episode 7
    11/23/81
    9.4
    In May 1926, a General Strike breaks out in Great Britain, and Charles travels to London to join the Defence Corps, a body of volunteers working to maintain essential supplies and services. There, he meets several old friends, including Boy Mulcaster, and learns that Sebastian is now living in French Morocco with Kurt, a young German he has taken up with. The Strike collapses in ten days. With Lady Marchmain now at death's door, Julia asks Charles to travel to North Africa to try to bring Sebastian home. He agrees, and quickly locates him, but is shocked by what he finds - Sebastian has hit rock bottom.moreless
  • Julia
    Episode 6
    11/16/81
    9.5
    Soon after leaving Brideshead, Charles returns to Paris. There, he is visited by Rex Mottram, who has lost Sebastian and believes Charles is hiding him. Rex was taking Sebastian to a clinic in Switzerland when he stole Rex's money and disappeared. Meanwhile, Rex is determined to marry Julia, but it is a prospect which appals Lady Marchmain, now fatally ill. Very reluctantly, she agrees to a secret engagement after Julia reveals how far she has already gone in her relationship with Rex. And then Sebastian's brother Brideshead makes his own dramatic announcement.moreless
  • 11/9/81
    9.6
    Charles comes home from Paris. He accepts an invitation to Brideshead for Christmas and the New Year of 1925 when he hears that Sebastian (and Samgrass) will be there too. He finds Sebastian even more depressed than he was before he went away, and the rest of the family are trying to stop him from drinking by locking all alcohol away and by keeping him penniless. Charles incurs their anger by giving Sebastian money, which results in a very drunken evening at a pub and some terrible behaviour. After Charles admits he was the source of the money, Lady Marchmain's hard words give him the impression that he will never be welcome at Brideshead again.moreless
  • 11/2/81
    9.5
    Sebastian has clearly become an alcoholic, and his drinking, his depression about the state of his family and his bad behaviour are becoming more and more of a problem. His relationships are falling apart, and then he is sent down (expelled) from Oxford. After an unhappy Easter at Brideshead, Sebastian departs for a tour of the monasteries of the Near East, with Samgrass as a tutor, leaving Charles dismayed. Charles decides that he, too, will finish with the University, pursuing a career as a painter. His father agrees to this, on the condition that he also goes overseas, so Charles enrols in an art school in Paris. There, he loses contact with Sebastian, but he still hears from Lady Marchmain, who wants him as an ally against Sebastian's decline.moreless
  • 10/26/81
    9.6
    Charles gets closer to Sebastian's family, with the result that he and Sebastian begin to grow apart. As they begin their second year at Oxford, Lady Marchmain tells Charles she is relying on him to be a good influence on Sebastian. His mother, worried about Sebastian's drinking, uses a tame don called Samgrass as her eyes and ears. One night, after Boy Mulcaster persuades Sebastian and Charles to go with him to London for a ball and then a night club in Soho, Sebastian crashes his car and is arrested, charged with drunk driving. Julia's boyfriend Rex Mottram persuades the court that there are mitigating circumstances, and Samgrass covers Sebastian's back at Oxford. Meanwhile, Sebastian's bear, Aloysius, seems to have been written out.moreless
  • Home and Abroad
    Episode 2
    10/19/81
    9.6
    While Sebastian recovers from a broken foot, he and Charles enjoy a long summer vacation on their own (apart from the servants) at Brideshead, drinking a lot of good wine. Then other members of the family arrive at the house and have a lot to say about religion - the Flytes are devout Roman Catholics. Charles and Sebastian visit Venice and stay with Sebastian's father, Lord Marchmain.moreless
  • Et in Arcadia Ego
    Episode 1
    10/12/81
    9.5
    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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