Category Archives: Adaptations

Brideshead Marathon in Norway

–The Kunstnernes Hus (Artists’ House) in Oslo has announced a marathon session of the 1981 Brideshead Revisited Granada TV series. This will take place on the weekend of 22-23 February. Here’s a translation of the announcement: A rare opportunity to … Continue reading

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John Ivan Simon (1925-2019): R. I. P.

John Simon, one of America’s great critics of theatre and film died in November the age of 94. His death was widely noted, and this obituary excerpted from the New York Times is fairly representative: In a style that danced … Continue reading

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Brideshead Festival (more)

The organizers of this summer’s Brideshead Festival have released more details about the event. See previous post. These are contained in a press notice dated today from which the following is copied: To mark the 75th anniversary of the publication … Continue reading

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Clive James (1939-2019) R. I. P.

The critic and poet Clive James has died at the age of 80, after a long fight with cancer. He was born in Australia and moved to England in the early 1960s where he finished his education at Cambridge University. … Continue reading

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Niall Tóibín (1929-2019) R. I. P.

Irish actor Niall Tóibín died earlier this week at the age of 89. He is best known in this parish for his portrayal of Fr Mackay in the Granada TV series of Brideshead Revisited. Acording to the obituary in the … Continue reading

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The Elections and the Waughs

Writing in the Daily Mail, Craig Brown looks back 60 years to the UK election of 1959 which he says is the first one influenced by television. For the first time, the majority of voters had television sets: So keen … Continue reading

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Early October Roundup

–In the current issue of TLS, writer Henry Hitchins reviews the two recent collections of the writings of Auberon Waugh. The review, entitled “Like a fine whine”, opens with this: “Looking back over my career to date, and at all … Continue reading

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Autumnal Equinox Round-up

–A N Wilson writing in the Times newspaper reviews a new book by Dominic Sandbrook. This is number 5 in a series Sandbrook is writing about the cultural and social history of England in the post Suez period. It covers … Continue reading

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Positive Light on 2008 Brideshead Film

Several recent articles have reconsidered the much-maligned 2008 film adaptation of Brideshead Revisited in a relatively more positive light: –In a essay published in TLS earlier this month, Mikaella Clements writes about the theme of the “bath in twentieth century … Continue reading

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Labor Day Roundup: Waugh by Design

–Bristol-based interior decorators Jane Clayton & Co have announced a new line of household fabrics called Marchmain. As described on their website: The decadence of a bygone era is evoked in this collection of richly coloured velvet and chenille woven … Continue reading

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