Lord Marchmain (Laurence Olivier) receives the sacrament at his deathbed; Julia ends her relationship with Charles (Jeremy Irons).
Lord Marchmain (Laurence Olivier) returns to Brideshead Castle.
Julia and Charles, lovers for two years, consider marriage.
Julia tells Charles about the fortunes of the Marchmains since he last spent time with them.
Both now married, Charles meets Julia on a trans-Atlantic voyage.
Julia entrusts Charles to find Sebastian Morocco and bring him back to see his dying mother, Lady Marchmain.
Rex Mottram visits Charles in Paris with news of the Marchmains.
Charles returns to Brideshead to find Sebastian on a binge.
Visiting Brideshead, Charles finds alienated Sebastian drunk in his room.
Sebastian, at Oxford, bridles at the constant presence of his mother's proxy, Mr. Samgrass.
Sebastian (Anthony Andrews) invites Charles to Brideshead for the summer, where he meets other family members.
Army Capt. Charles Ryder (Jeremy Irons) recalls former times at his new billet, Brideshead Castle.
In 1944, Charles Ryder visits Brideshead.
In the fifth year of the Second World War, a thoughtful middle-aged British Army officer, Captain Charles Ryder, finds himself posted at short notice to Brideshead Castle. Ryder has been there before, and time slips back to when he was at Oxford.