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Sword of Honour

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Sword of Honour by Evelyn Waugh
Dramatized by Barry Campbell
Directed by Jane Graham
Technical assisstance by (?) Smith, Anthea Davis, David Hitchinson and Lloyd Silverthorn (?)
Title music played by the Royal Corps of Transport
Director of Music Major William Allan
BBC Radio 4 - Serial - 04.08.1974 to 13.10.1974
11 Episodes x 55mins

Dramatization of the three books, Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, and Unconditional Surrender, which form the Sword of Honour Trilogy, Evelyn Waugh's powerful account of the misery of war.

Episodes

Returning to England from Italy just before the outbreak of World War II, aristocrat Guy Crouchback takes up a commission in the army.

Part 1 - An émigré aristocrat returns to England at the prospect of war.
Part 2 - With Crouchback disgraced, the fearsome Brigadier appears.
Part 3 - Confusion reigns following the arrival of the 'thunderbox'.
Part 4 - All leave is cancelled and Guy finds himself leading the men.
Part 5 - Guy Crouchback is given a special task to complete.
Part 6 - Botched missions to France and the press perception of the army for Guy to face.
Part 7 - The feckless Major Hound is at a total loss in the midst of rearguard action.
Part 8 - Amiable Guy Crouchback confronts the horror and banality of war.
Part 9 - Guy's father dies but he finally meets the man who saved his life.
Part 10 - A fresh influx of recruits causes irritation to Commandant Ludovic.
Part 11 - Guy's experience of the crushing terror and banality of war comes to an end.

Cast

  • The Narrator............. Hugh Burden
  • Guy Crouchback........... Hugh Dickson
  • Apthorpe................. Norman Rodway
  • Tickeridge............... Vernon Joiner
  • Tony..................... Paul Gregory
  • Arthur Box-Bender........ Jeffrey Segal
  • Ritchie Hook............. Patrick Troughton
  • Mr Crouchback............ Carleton Hobbs
  • Trimmer.................. Nigel Anthony
  • Leonard.................. David Timson
  • Sarum-Smith.............. John Bull
  • Tommy Blackhouse......... Stephen Thorne
  • Ian Kilbannock........... Philip Bond
  • Uncle Perrigrin.......... Geoffrey Bayldon
  • Virginia Troy............ Jennifer Hilary
  • Angela................... Diana Olson
  • Captain McKinney......... John Rye
  • Ambrose Goodall.......... Alan Rowe
  • Air Marshal Beech........ Godfrey Kenton
  • Major Erskin............. William Eedle
  • The Nameless Major(Grace-Groundling-Marchpole)....... Clive Swift
  • DeSouza.................. Sean Arnold
  • Daisy Leonard............ Carole Boyd
  • Brigidier Jameson........ Hugh Summerland
  • Jumbo Trotter............ Norman Shelley
  • Ivor Clare............... Michael Pennington
  • Chatty Corner............ Brian Wilde
  • The Laird of Mugg........ Tom Watson
  • Miss Vavasor............. Hilda Schroder
  • Major Brave.............. Paul Chapman
  • Dr Glendenning Reece..... Calvin Thomas
  • Kirstie Kilbannock....... Collette O'Neil
  • Julia Strich............. Christina Greatrix
  • Major Hound.............. Timothy Bateson
  • General Wale............. Alan Lawrence
  • Ludovic.................. Michael Bryant
  • Sir Ralph Brompton....... Tenniel Evans
  • Everard Spruce........... Philip Voss
  • Loot..................... Blaine Fairman
  • Captain Freemantle....... Martin C Thurby
  • The Chief instructor..... Michael Golding
  • Eloise Plessington........ Monica Gray
  • Madam Cannier............ Jill Balcon
  • The Commissar............ Chandor Elay?
  • Gilpin................... Peter Baldwin
  • Elderberry............... Alan Dudley

with

  • Eric Alan
  • Peter Baldwin
  • Alan Dudley
  • Brian Haynes
  • Carole Boyd
  • Betty Huntley Wright
  • Elizabeth Morgan
  • Tony Matthews
  • Nigel Lambert
  • Sam Dastor
  • Hugh Ross
  • Sean Probert
  • Geoffrey Beevers
  • Kerry Francis
  • John Bryning
  • David Sinclair
  • Diana Bishop
  • Sandra Clarke
  • Bruce Beeby
  • Ronald Forfar
  • Christopher Benjamin
  • Roger Brierley
  • Tim Munroe
  • John Bay
  • Hectar Ross
  • Alan Lawrence
  • Denis McCarthy
  • Peter Pacey
  • Brian Gwyneth
  • Manning Wilson
  • Emily Richard

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