brideshead TV series
- The Guardian has published a list of the 50 best TV series and BR ranks # 2 (behind The Sopranos and ahead of Friends from the North). This is the Granada TV series, not the recent remake. Here's their write up:
"Gilded, delicately embossed proof that costumed adaptations need entail neither winking modernisation nor fainting fits in drawing rooms, Charles Sturridge's serialisation of Evelyn Waugh's novel remains a masterpiece its 13 hours predicated on the yellowing notion that even the most familiar text requires time and space to reveal its treasures. The book's themes Catholicism, loss, the unreliable nature of nostalgia, the death of English nobility, the battle between faith and individual freedom augured narrative headaches, yet in John Mortimer the production found a writer capable of capturing such profundity without sacrificing the novel's humour. The stately pace is vital to the narrative. Highlights are manifold: the immaculate performances, Geoffrey Burgon's exquisite score, the extraordinary beauty of both Castle Howard and be still my trembling corset! the young Jeremy Irons. For better or worse, we'll never see its like again. SD "
- This was issued in July and mentioned in another recent list. It is supposed to be based on weighted rankings of several other lists including one made up by Newsweek. BR ranks 90 out of 100. This is not just novels but all books dating back to before the days of printing.
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