About the Show
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 1920s 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 Twenties
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 - The Thirties
Nick Jenkins and his friends are now thirtysomethings. Marriages are crumbling and youthful optimism is fading fast. Starring James Purefoy.
Episode 3 - The War
It's World War II and Nick Jenkins is in the army, leaving his pregnant wife, Isobel, alone. Through connections, Kenneth Widmerpool rises to power and prestige.
Episode 4 - Post-War
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.