Directed by: Moira Armstrong
Countries & Regions: United Kingdom
Studio: Acorn Media
Length: 225 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 10 May 2010
Cat No: AV9766
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Testament of Youth
1979 adaptation of Vera Brittain’s autobiography. In 1913, Brittain (Cheryl Campbell) is set to take up a place at Oxford University, but... Read More
First broadcast in 1979, when British period mini-series were indisputably the best in the world, Testament of Youth - a BAFTA-winning, five-part adaptation of Vera Brittain's first volume of autobiography - remains compelling, poignant and powerful.
Cheryl Campbell excels as the daughter of a paper tycoon, who defies family expectation to take her place at Somerville College in 1913. But while Oxford excited her intellect, Brittain learned more about life as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse in the Great War, when she had to endure the deaths of her brother Edward (Rupert Frazer) and fiancé Roland Leighton (Peter Woodward).
Scenarist Elaine Morgan and director Moira Armstrong strive to show the growing social significance of women in a changing world (as the BBC had previously done in Shoulder to Shoulder, which is long overdue a DVD release). But this is also a deeply moving rite of passage, as Campbell channels the rage and grief of her loss into a new romance and the start of her literary career.