Brideshead 2008 Film Adaptation on BBC2

The Times has posted in its TV listings the following notice about the broadcast of the 2008 film adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. This will take place today (Sa 27 Feb 2021) at 225 GMT:

BBC2, 2.25pm
The reaction to Julian Jarrold’s elegant, restrained adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel was rather muted at the time of its release. Certainly it’s long and rather ponderously paced. But this tale of the unstable love triangle between middle-class Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode), gorgeous heiress Julia Flyte (Hayley Atwell) and her erratic brother Sebastian (Ben Whishaw) is lovely to look at and gently absorbing. The high point is any scene that features Emma Thompson, suitably frosty and patrician as Sebastian and Julia’s mother, Lady Marchmain. Abandoned by her husband (Michael Gambon), who has left her for another woman, Lady Marchmain is as brittle as a dagger made of ice. At her insistence, Charles accompanies her children to Venice to visit their father and his mistress. (133min) Wendy Ide

The BBC co-produced the film with Ecosse Films and Harvey Weinstein’s Miramax. The film will be available on BBC iPlayer to stream on the internet after its transmission.

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