Just like The Secret History, the 1981 miniseries adaptation of Brideshead Revisited is a classic Jim and Brittany favorite that has never made it to Brix Picks.?Based on the sweeping novel by Evelyn Waugh, this is a lush, epic miniseries starring a young, dapper Jeremy Irons as Charles, who is reason enough to see this gem.?The lesser known actor Anthony Andrews also amazes with his?dazzling portrayal of the tragic Sebastian (who was my very first Brix Pick for male style icon – high waisted linen pants, crisp tailored button downs, and those golden locks reserved for the haughty and wealthy, sigh).
The first half filled with debauchery and the fervent friendship between Charles and Sebastian is of course more fun that the second half filled with misgivings, regret, failure, and lost and found religion.
As this is widely considered one of the best adaptations to television ever filmed, so the 660 minute running time is totally and completely worth it, I assure you. Especially if, like me, you have a penchant for tales of the woefully rich.