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A Twitch Upon the Thread 

Two years have passed and Charles and Julia are still in love, spending as much time together as possible. They are astounded to learn from Bridey that he is engaged to be married. Bridey's... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Sturridge

Writers:

Evelyn Waugh (novel), John Mortimer (adaptation)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Irons ... Charles Ryder
Diana Quick ... Julia Mottram
Roger Milner Roger Milner ... Wilcox
Simon Jones ... Lord Brideshead 'Bridey'
John Gielgud ... Edward Ryder
Jeremy Sinden Jeremy Sinden ... Boy Mulcaster
Charles Keating ... Rex Mottram
Phoebe Nicholls ... Cordelia Flyte
Mona Washbourne ... Nanny Hawkins
Martin Van de Stolpe Martin Van de Stolpe ... Father Superior
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Two years have passed and Charles and Julia are still in love, spending as much time together as possible. They are astounded to learn from Bridey that he is engaged to be married. Bridey's admonition of Julia's relationship and his refusal to bring his fiancée to Brideshead has a profound effect on her, however. Charles and Julia each decide to divorce their spouses and get married. Cordelia returns to Brideshead after several years volunteering in Spain during the Civil War. Charles learns from her of Sebastian since he last saw him and that he is now living in Tunis in a monastery. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1981 (UK) See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title of this episode and of episode Brideshead Revisited: The Unseen Hook (1981) were taken from G.K. Chesterton's short story "The Queer Feet" in which Father Brown says "I caught him, with an unseen hook and an invisible line which is long enough to let him wander to the ends of the world, and still to bring him back with a twitch upon the thread". See more »

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[Cordelia has been telling Charles that she has recently met Sebastian living a dissolute and drunken life in a Tunisian monastery after his lover has killed himself]
Charles Ryder: It's not what one would have foretold. I suppose he doesn't suffer.
Cordelia Flyte: Oh, yes, I think he does. One has no idea what the suffering may be - to be as maimed as he is. No dignity, no power of will. No-one is truly holy without suffering.
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