A Dance to the Music of Time

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An adaptation of Anthony Powell's 12-volume novel sequence - a sharp, comic portrait of upper-class and bohemian England, spanning almost a century, from the early 20s to modern times

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An adaptation of Anthony Powell's 12-volume novel sequence - a sharp, comic portrait of upper-class and bohemian England, spanning almost a century, from the early 20s to modern times

Series 1 Summary

An adaptation of Anthony Powell's series of novels which give a sweeping, glamorous and emotional overview of upper-class life in the twentieth century

  • Episode 1

    The first film looks at the life of Kenneth Widmerpool, a much-teased boy at school who is to grow into a determined influence on his friends. Among these friends is Nicholas Jenkins.

  • Episode 2

    Nick Jenkins and his friends are now thirtysomethings - marriages are crumbling and youthful optimism is fading fast. Starring James Purefoy.

  • Episode 3

    It's WWII and Nick Jenkins is in the army, leaving his pregnant wife, Isobel. Through connections, Kenneth Widmerpool rises to power and prestige.

  • Episode 4

    A decade has passed. Nick and his wife Isobel have moved to the country. Widmerpool has become a Labour MP and is dabbling in Eastern European politics.

A Dance to the Music of Time synopsis

An adaptation of Anthony Powell's 12-volume novel sequence - a sharp, comic portrait of upper-class and bohemian England, spanning almost a century, from the early 20s to modern times

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