TBT: Brideshead Revisited (1981)


I sometimes wonder WTFrock is wrong with me that I watched all these historical TV epic series when they first aired in the U.S. and I was just a kid or teenager. Case in point is the original Brideshead Revisited (1981), nearly 11 hours of languid 1920s nostalgia for the recent past, bursting with repressed homoeroticism, and layered with Jeremy Irons‘ oh-so-erudite voiceovers probably ripped from the Evelyn Waugh novel. Pre-teen me ate that stuff up, and look what happened ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Well, current me randomly decided on a rewatch and got sucked right in, hopefully with a more mature understanding, yet probably with the same youthful fascination for rich and tragic ye-olde-timey folks. And since there’s a remastered edition available right now on BritBox, I could get screencaps.

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6 Responses

  1. Gail

    When I was in graduate school none of us were in the art library on Monday nights, all somewhere watching ‘Brideshead’. Especially the Venice episode …

  2. M.E. Lawrence

    I only hate the rich–well, most of them–because I covet certain of their Nice Things, like these outfits and real Champagne. I wish Masterpiece would stop remaking series that don’t need to be remade, and just rerun “Brideshead” and “I, Claudius” on PBS. They’re showing some mediocre stuff these days.

  3. Gwyneth

    I call this the “adolescence ruined by “Masterpiece Theatre”” problem. I was led to believe that there’d be MANY more masquerade balls when I became an adult.


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