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Based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh, two years in the making, and the equivalent of seven feature films back-to-back, this epic drama tells a story of romantic yearning and loss in the glittering but fading world of the British aristocracy between the wars.

Cast: Diplomat's Wife - Maggie Steed; Bulldog - Derek Storey; Housemaid - Marjorie Sudell; Grizel - Sally Bazely; Blackbird - Abraham Osuagwe; Brenda Champion - Jenny Runacre; Father Mackay - Niall Toibin; Blackbird - Trevor Butler; Lunt - Bill Owen; Julia's Maid - Kathy Edna Smith; Gaston - Peter Gordon; Lady Marchmain - Claire Bloom; Grigg - Donald Eccles; Henry Grant Talbot - Mark Elwes; Lieutenant James - Simon Chandler; Ticket Collector - Al Gillyon; Boy Mulcaster - Jeremy Sinden; Doctor - Nicholas Le Prevost; 3rd Female Guest - Valerie Colgan; Porter - Brian Hayes; Steward - Keith Ladd; Gregson - Peter Newton; Concierge - Susan Field; Mrs. Stuyvesant-Oglander - Doris Nolan; Old Etonian - Martin Chamberlain; Blackbird - Solita Byron; Old Etonian - Alastair Llewellyn; Green-Faced Man - John Byron; Anthony Blanche - Nickolas Grace; Corporal - Vance Dallas; Old Etonian at Window - Robin Sachs; Man from the Tate - Brian Oulton; Max Stone - Kenneth Midwood; Plender - Ralph Nossek; Cyril - Malcolm Raeburn; Commissionaire - Edwin Brown; Ronnie Nash - Martin Matthews; Blackbird - Stacy Hughes; Under-Butler - Alfredo Michelagnoli; Edward Ryder - John Gielgud; Guard on Train - Norman Mills; Miss Orme-Herrick - Venetia Maxwell; Lord Brideshead 'Bridey' - Simon Jones; Proprietor - Campbell O'Brien; Lord Marchmain - Laurence Olivier; Organiser - Raymond Mason; Partridge - Colin Higgins; Blackbird - Elroy Josephs; Father Superior - Martin Van De Stolpe; Medical Officer - Stephen Mallatratt; Footman - Andy Fenn-Rodgers; Mr. Samgrass - John Grillo; Blackbird - Patricia Kendall-John; Count Guzzolli - Victor Baring; Charles Ryder - Jeremy Irons; Rex Mottram - Charles Keating; Footman - Lawrence Evans; Quartering Commandant - Robert Urquhart; Jorkins - Graham Seed; Blackbird Singer - Ena Cabayo; Nurse - Mary MacLeod; Cara - Stéphane Audran; Policeman - Andy Rashleigh; Old Etonian - John Kidd; Brother - Patrick Monckton; Desk Clerk - Vincent Marzello; Kurt - Jonathan Coy; Pianist - Chester Harriott; Rakish Girl - Marella Oppenheim; Old Etonian - Robert Vowles; Waiter - John Moore; Major Wilson - Gary Waldhorn; Hayter - Michael Bilton; Death's Head - Sue Jones-Davies; Hostess - Anna Quayle; Father Mowbray - John Le Mesurier; Porter - Paul Butterworth; Blackbird - Vincent Osborne; Jasper - Stephen Moore; Assistant Purser - David Howey; Effie - Margaret Nolan; Captain Dodds - Robin Hooper; Old Etonian - Nigel Le Vaillant; Consul - Geoffrey Chater; Bar Steward - Michael Haughey; Priest - Terry Fitzgerald; Selwyn - Anthony Dawes; Commanding Officer - John Nettleton; Stritch - Paul Greenhalgh; Adjutant - Wayne Paulo; Lieutenant Hooper - Richard Hope; Second-in-Command - David McAlister; Deportment Instructress - Margot Mayhew; Wilcox - Roger Milner; Sebastian Flyte - Anthony Andrews; Blackbird Singer - Glenna Forster-Jones; Police Sergeant - Michael Stainton; 1st Female Guest - Thomasine Heiner; Duke of Clarence - Anthony Higginson; Undergraduate - John Shuckburgh; Old Etonian - Paul Hastings; Captain Downs - Chris Humphreys; Celia Ryder - Jane Asher; Blackbird - David Rhule; Ma Mayfield - Maria Charles; Red-haired Man at party - Ronald Fraser; Cordelia Flyte - Phoebe Nicholls; Mr. Kramm - Gordon Tanner; Pianist - Mike McKenzie; Policeman - Tony Goodall; Lady Reporter - Barbara Atkinson; Chief Purser - Joseph Brady; Stewardess - Pauline Jefferson; Sergeant Block - Kenneth Cranham; Jameson - Derek Hockridge; Maria - Maria Scarpa; Cabin Steward - Roy MacReady; Julia Flyte - Diana Quick; Porter - Guy Gregory; Nanny Hawkins - Mona Washbourne; Bulldog - Tony Leebra; Accompanist - Bill Hepper; Sickly Child - June Page; Senator Stuyvesant-Oglander - Peter Carlisle;

Network: ITV (United Kingdom)
Premiered: 12.October.1981
Status: Ended