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Summary

Evelyn Waugh is one of the pre-eminent English novelists of the 20th century. This collection comprises six of his finest works, dramatised by award-winning writer Jeremy Front. 

Decline and Fall
Paul Pennyfeather, an earnest, scholarly Oxford student, knows nothing of 1920's high-life – until one night he encounters The Bollinger Club.... This darkly comic romp set in the early Jazz Age stars Kieran Hodgson, John Sessions, Emilia Fox and Tom Hollander.

Brideshead Revisited
During the Second World War, a disillusioned Captain Charles Ryder finds himself posted to Brideshead Castle: the scene of the happiest years of his life and the beginnings of his friendship with Sebastian Flyte. A classic tale of life, love and a forgotten era, starring Ben Miles, Jamie Bamber, Anne-Marie Duff and Toby Jones.

Scoop
Hapless journalist William Boot is mistakenly sent to report on a war in Africa, where he finds love and ends up in the middle of a revolution... Waugh’s celebrated satire of newspaper life stars Rory Kinnear and Tim McInnerny.

Sword of Honour (The Waugh Trilogy)
This three-part dramatisation of Waugh’s satirical masterpiece follows the comic adventures of Guy Crouchbank during World War II. In Men at Arms, Guy is scarred by a broken marriage and searching for a purpose to live. When war breaks out, he feels he may have at last found a cause worth fighting for. Officers and Gentlemen sees Guy sent home in disgrace following a misbegotten raid in Dakar. But his next posting takes him somewhere totally unexpected.... In Unconditional Surrender, Guy is beginning to lose his idealism about the war – but his military career is revived with selection for a mission to Italy. 

Winner of Best Audio Drama (Adaptation) at the 2014 BBC Audio Drama Awards, this moving trilogy stars Paul Ready as Guy with Tim McInnerny as the Narrator, Tim Pigott-Smith as Brigadier Ritchie-Hook, Lee Ingleby as Trimmer and Lydia Leonard as Virginia.

Text copyright © Evelyn Waugh 1928 (Decline and Fall), 1938 (Scoop), 1945 (Brideshead Revisited), 1952 (Men at Arms), 1955 (Officers and Gentlemen), 1961 (Unconditional Surrender). All rights reserved.

Dramatised by Jeremy Front

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 27 October-10 November 2013

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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a comprehensive collection from bbc archive

this collection of dramatisation from the BBC Archive has given me a great introduction to Waugh's main works. terrific cast of actors. brideshead is my favourite but the Men at arms trilogy is an insight into WW2. very interesting. great to have them all in one place.

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Excellence in Audio

Once again does The BBC entwine is in its web of dreams! With a magnificent cast and the Emperor of the written word, we are transported with eager precision back to the land of The mind of Evelyn Waugh! Well done BBC and Audible! You have done it again!

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Simply, the Best!

Classic Waugh story describing the son of an ancient Catholic family returning to England to fight in the Second World War. Waugh would have loved to have been Crouchback, one feels.

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Fantastic stories, cast and dramatisation!

I love Evelyn Waugh, have read all of his books and these dramatisations were just perfect. my only complaint is that they ended too soon.

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Will listen to these stories again and again

Well acted and presented series of plays. Will look forward to enjoying these again and again

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Some familiar some not so

Really good collection, well worth the credit. No Vile Bodies but what the heck you can't have everything.

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One of the best radio adaptations that I’ve ever heard.

One of the best radio adaptations that I’ve ever heard. In turn, wildly funny, poignant and tragic. It’s so good and the cast are pitch perfect.I’m going to listen again from the beginning. What a great writer Evelyn Waugh was and great credit to the actors and the BBC for this.

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  • 26-04-21

Not great. Society trash being trash.

Boring, patronising, just the worst part of British society paraded as its finest. Well written and production and performances where good considering what they had to work with. Bad, bad, awful subject matter.

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One of the best dramatizations I have listened to!

Wonderful production with many wonderful performances, and with such evocative music and songs of those times. I particularly enjoyed Rory Kinnear's performance in "Scoop" and Paul Ready's in the "Sword of Honour" trilogy, but there are many other excellent performances as well. I have enjoyed many radio dramatizations from the BBC, and this is one I will cherish and listen to many times.

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