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Testament of Youth

1 9 7 9 (UK)
5 x 50 minute episodes

Cheryl Campbell starred in this enriching and award-winning adaptation of the autobiography of Vera Brittain (mother of ex-Labour MP Shirley Williams) charting her life as a young woman and nurse between 1913 and 1925.

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At the outbreak of the First World War, a young Vera finds herself torn between her studies at Oxford and the decision she will take to enrol as a volunteer nurse, caring for casualties from the Front.

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Little does she realise that the faces passing before her will include those closest to her.

Devastating in its portrayal of the impact of war on a whole generation, Testament of Youth was a passionate, powerful and personal record of Vera Brittain’s experiences during World War I and served as a moving memorial to a lost generation.

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Snatches of archive film resonated with Elaine Morgan’s scripts and Geoffrey Burgon’s score to produce a compelling, evocative and emotional TV experience.

Four BAFTA’s were bestowed upon the series.

Vera Brittain
Cheryl Campbell
Roland Leighton
Peter Woodward