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Men at Arms

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 06 October 2013

by Evelyn Waugh
dramatised by Jeremy Front.

The Halbadiers are yet to see action so Guy spends his time aiding Apthorpe with the concealment of his Thunder box - a portable latrine. And Guy's ex-wife Virginia makes a reappearance in his life.

Directed by Sally Avens

Waugh's trilogy of WWII novels mark a high point in his literary career. Originally published as three volumes: Officers and Gentlemen, Men at Arms and Unconditional Surrender they were extensively revised by Waugh, and published as the one-volume Sword of Honour in 1965, in the form in which Waugh himself wished them to be read. They are dramatised for the Classic Serial in seven episodes.
This is a story that continues to delight as we follow the comic and often bathetic adventures of Guy Crouchback. Witty and tragic, engaging and insightful, this work must be counted next to 'Brideshead Revisited' as Waugh's most enduring novel. Like Brideshead, Waugh drew heavily upon his own experiences during WWII. Sword of Honour effortlessly treads the line between the personal and the political - it is at once an indictment of the incompetence of the Allied war effort, and a moving study of one man's journey from isolation to self fulfilment. His adventures are peopled by colourful characters: the eccentric, Apthorpe, one-eyed, Ritchie-Hook, promiscuous, Virginia Troy. At the centre of the novel is Guy for whom we never lose our sympathy as he emerges from his adventures bowed but not broken. From Dakar to Egypt, the Isle of Mugg to the evacuation of Crete, tragedy is leavened by Waugh's acerbic and farcical comedy.

Credits

Narrator
Tim McInnerny
Guy Crouchback
Paul Ready
Apthorpe
Adrian Scarborough
Brigadier Ben Ritchie-Hook
Tim Pigott-Smith
Virginia
Lydia Leonard
Tickeridge
Michael Bertenshaw
Tommy
Nicholas Boulton
Leonard
Arthur Hughes
De Souza
Joel MacCormack
Brigadier
David Seddon
Sgt Major
Ben Crowe
Crock
John Norton
Brigade Major
Sean Murray
Director
Sally Avens
Adaptor
Jeremy Front
Author
Evelyn Waugh

Broadcasts

Main Characters

sword of honour actors

Get to know Guy, Apthorpe, Virginia and Brigadier Ritchie-Hook.

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