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

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