The BEST Episodes of Brideshead Revisited

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 24, 2021

Network: ITV1

At Oxford, Charles Ryder becomes friend with Sebastian Flyte while he's throwing up in his college room through an open window. He then invites Charles to lunch after his teddy bear Aloysius 'refuses to talk to him' unless he is forgiven. Charles becomes involved with Sebastian's family, Catholic peers of the realm in Protestant England.

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Orphans of the Storm

#1 - Orphans of the Storm

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 7, 1981

Charles and Julia meet on a transatlantic liner and begin an affair. Rex Mottram and Charles's wife conspire against them.

star 8.53
64 votes
Writers: John Mortimer
Brideshead Deserted

#2 - Brideshead Deserted

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 30, 1981

Bridey is planning to demolish Marchmain House, the family's London residence, and commissions Charles to paint some last pictures of its interior before the old place comes down. Meanwhile, Charles's marriage is collapsing.

star 8.49
65 votes
Brideshead Revisited

#3 - Brideshead Revisited

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 22, 1981

Lord Marchmain, fatally ill, returns to England and prepares to die at Brideshead. Charles and Julia plan to marry and hope Brideshead will be theirs - but Julia's faith and sense of mortal sin are troubling her.

star 8.17
35 votes
Writers: John Mortimer
A Twitch upon the Thread

#4 - A Twitch upon the Thread

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 14, 1981

Bridey rebukes Julia for her affair with Charles, and Cordelia brings news of Sebastian living a dismal life in a remote monastery in North Africa.

star 8.14
35 votes
Home and Abroad

#5 - Home and Abroad

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 19, 1981

While Sebastian recovers from a broken foot, he and Charles enjoy a long summer vacation on their own (apart from the servants) at Brideshead, drinking a lot of good wine. Then other members of the family arrive and have a lot to say about religion - the Flytes are devoutly Catholic.

star 8.00
102 votes
Writers: John Mortimer
Et in Arcadia Ego

#6 - Et in Arcadia Ego

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 12, 1981

1944: in the fifth year of the Second World War, a thoughtful middle-aged British Army officer, Captain Charles Ryder, finds himself posted unexpectedly to Brideshead Castle. Ryder has been there before, and time slips back to when he was an undergraduate at Oxford, twenty years before. There he meets Sebastian Flyte (a young man with a teddy bear) when Sebastian, rolling drunk, vomits through Charles's window and sends him flowers to apologize. Charles visits Brideshead for the first time.

star 7.88
138 votes
Writers: John Mortimer
The Bleak Light of Day

#7 - The Bleak Light of Day

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 26, 1981

Charles gets closer to Sebastian's family, with the result that he and Sebastian begin to grow apart. Then one night they get drunk, go for a drive with some girls, and Sebastian is charged with drunk driving. Julia's boyfriend Rex Mottram persuades the court that there are mitigating circumstances. Meanwhile, Aloysius seems to have been written out.

star 7.57
128 votes
Sebastian Against the World

#8 - Sebastian Against the World

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 2, 1981

Sebastian's alcoholism, depression and misbehaviour become more and more of a problem. He is sent down (expelled) from Oxford and after an unhappy Easter at Brideshead goes abroad with a tutor, leaving Charles devastated. Charles's father agrees to his leaving the University to become a painter, so long as he also goes overseas.

star 7.38
126 votes
Writers: John Mortimer
A Blow upon a Bruise

#9 - A Blow upon a Bruise

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 9, 1981

Charles comes home from Paris to spend New Year 1925 at Brideshead, but Sebastian behaves disgracefully. The Marchmains are trying to stop Sebastian from drinking by keeping him penniless, and Charles incurs their anger by giving him money.

star 7.36
123 votes

#10 - Julia

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 16, 1981

Rex Mottram is determined to marry Julia, a prospect which appals Lady Marchmain, who is fatally ill. She reluctantly agrees to a secret engagement. Then Brideshead makes his own dramatic announcement, and Julia reveals how far she has already gone in her relationship with Rex.Meanwhile, Rex is looking for Sebastian and believes Charles is hiding him.

star 7.12
123 votes
Writers: John Mortimer
The Unseen Hook

#11 - The Unseen Hook

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 23, 1981

With Lady Marchmain very near to death, Charles searches French Morocco for Sebastian. He finds him, and is shocked by what he finds.

star 7.11
66 votes
Writers: John Mortimer