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Unconditional Surrender

by Evelyn Waugh
Dramatised by Jeremy Front
Evelyn Waugh's satirical WW2 masterpiece: Guy is beginning to lose his idealism about the War.

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.

Release date:

58 minutes

Last on

Sat 2 Nov 2013 21:00


Role Contributor
NarratorTim McInnerny
Guy CrouchbackPaul Ready
VirginiaLydia Leonard
Arthur Box-BenderRobert Daws
Ian KilbannockOliver Chris
Kirstie KilbannockPolly Frame
Mr CrouchbackSean Murray
LudovicCarl Prekopp
LootDavid Seddon
TommyNicholas Boulton
Julia StitchChristine Kavanagh
Everard SpruceHarry Jardine
Major TickeridgeMichael Bertenshaw
OatesArthur Hughes
SapperJohn Norton
SisterCarolyn Pickles
SecretaryCarys Eleri
DirectorSally Avens
AdaptorJeremy Front
AuthorEvelyn Waugh

Main Characters

sword of honour actors

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