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Brideshead Revisited

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Based on the book by Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited is one of the most acclaimed series ever made for television. Disillusioned Army captain Charles Ryder reflects on his youthful entanglements with the doomed aristocratic Marchmain family at their ancestral home of Brideshead.

The winner of 17 international awards, the series features Jeremy Irons in his breakout role as Charles Ryder. Anthony Andrews stars as his Oxford classmate Sebastian, the wild child of the Marchmain family. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Diana Quick, Clare Bloom, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Laurence Olivier, who received an Emmy for his performance as Lord Marchmain.

This remastered edition restores the full beauty of Brideshead Revisited to your screen.

“Extraordinary”          — The New York Times

“Visually ravishing”  — Time

 

 

 

 


 

Episode 01

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.

Episode 02

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.

Episode 03

Charles and Sebastian return to Oxford but feel old and out of place. Sebastian feels that his mother is constantly watching him through her friends. In particular, both young men have to put up with Mr. Samgrass who is obviously reporting on all of their activities.

 

Episode 04

Sebastian’s decline continues and there is little anyone seems able to do about it. He is terribly unhappy about his family situation and seems bent on destroying any relationships he may still have left.

Episode 05

Charles is invited to Brideshead for Christmas and learns that Mr. Samgrass and Sebastian will be there as well. Sebastian is as morose as he was before he left, if not more so. The atmosphere as Brideshead is gloomy. All of the liquor has been locked away and there is a tension among everyone there due to Sebastian’s condition.

Episode 06

Charles returns to Paris to continue his art studies and is surprised with a visit from Rex Mottram. It would seem that he and Sebastian had stopped in Paris enroute to a sanatorium in Zurich but Sebastian has stolen his cash and disappeared, much as he did with Mr. Samgrass during the tour of the Middle East.

Episode 07

Charles returns to London in the Spring of 1926 during the General Strike and joins the Defense Corps which ensures the delivery of essential supplies. He meets up with Boy Mulcaster and Anthony Blanche. Charles learns that Sebastian is living in French Morocco with a German boy he’d met.

Episode 08

Charles returns to London, leaving Sebastian in Morocco. Bridey gives Charles a commission to paint a number of small oils of Marchmain House, the family’s London townhouse which is about to be torn down. Having successfully established himself as an artist Charles sets off for Central America sketching and painting for two years.

Episode 09

With Celia seasick, Julia and Charles spend all of their free time together and soon begin an affair. He also learns from her that Sebastian has vanished completely. In London, Charles’ new exhibition is a success, but his reluctance to go home finally brings an end to his marriage.

Episode 10

Two years have passed and Charles and Julia are still in love, spending as much time together as possible. They are astounded to learn from Bridey that he is engaged to be married. Bridey’s admonition of Julia’s relationship and his refusal to bring his fiancè to Brideshead has a profound effect on her, however.

 

Episode 11

In the winter of 1939, Lord Marchmain decides to return to Brideshead from Venice in view of the deteriorating international situation. It soon becomes apparent that he is in declining health and has in fact come home to die. He has taken a dislike to Bridey’s new wife and suggests he may leave Brideshead Castle to Julia and Charles.

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