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Unconditional Surrender

by Evelyn Waugh
Dramatised by Jeremy Front
Evelyn Waugh's satirical WW2 masterpiece:
After injuring his knee during a parachute jump, Guy believes his wartime experience is at an end, but then he receives orders to fly to Italy on a secret mission.

Directed by Tracey Neale

Evelyn Waugh's trilogy of 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 they 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. 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.

Release date:

58 minutes

Last on

Wed 20 Apr 2016 03:00


Role Contributor
NarratorTim McInnerny
GuyPaul Ready
VirginiaLydia Leonard
PeregrineJohn Rowe
Ian KilbannockOliver Chris
Ritchie-HookTim Pigott-Smith
Frank De SouzaJoel MacCormack
AngelaPriyanga Burford
Arthur Box-BenderRobert Daws
EloiseCarolyn Pickles
BakicChris Pavlo
Madame KanyiMia Soteriou
LootDavid Seddon
Major CattermoleArthur Hughes
Squadron LeaderJohn Norton
DawkinsMichael Bertenshaw
CommandantMichael Bertenshaw
ElderberryMichael Bertenshaw
PriestSean Murray
GilpinSean Murray
OrderlyHarry Jardine
DirectorTracey Neale
AdaptorJeremy Front
AuthorEvelyn Waugh

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sword of honour actors

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

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