Category Archives: Adaptations

Spring Equinox Roundup

–Several publications have posted recommended binge reading and watching for the homebound during the Wuhan coronavirus shut-down. Many of these include books or adaptations of books by Waugh: —The Guardian produced a list of 50 of the “Best Binge Watches: … Continue reading

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Shrove Tuesday Roundup

–The BBC has announced plans to release a collection of audio recordings of Jeremy Front’s radio adaptations of several works by Evelyn Waugh. This will include Brideshead Revisited and Decline and Fall as well as several others not identified specifically … Continue reading

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Upcoming Waugh Events

Two Waugh-related events have been announced for late next month. Unfortunately, they occur on the same day but do not necessarily conflict: –The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh Project in Leicester has announced a reading from a new play based … Continue reading

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Pre-Valentine Roundup

–Duncan McLaren has added a new Waugh chum in his descriptions of “visitors” to the Castle Howard Brideshead Festival. This is Patrick Balfour who was a friend of Waugh from his Oxford days. They remained friends until Waugh’s death. Balfour … Continue reading

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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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