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
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.
The Twenties: Kenneth Widmerpool was teased at school but becomes a determined influence on his friends
The Thirties: Marriages are crumbling and youthful optimism is fading fast
The War: It's World War II. Nick Jenkins is in the army, leaving his pregnant wife, Isobel, alone.
Post-War: A decade has passed. Nick and Isobel have moved to the country. Widmerpool is an MP.