Testament of Youth (TV series)

Testament of Youth is a 1979 BBC television drama based on the First World War memoir of the same name written by Vera Brittain. It was transmitted on BBC2.

Testament of Youth
Based onTestament of Youth
by Vera Brittain
StarringCheryl Campbell
Peter Woodward
Joanna McCallum
Emrys James
Jane Wenham
Rosalie Crutchley
Theme music composerGeoffrey Burgon
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes5
Producer(s)Jonathan Powell
Running time275 minutes
Production company(s)BBC, London Film Productions
Original networkBBC
Original release4 November (1979-11-04) 
2 December 1979 (1979-12-02)

The series stars Cheryl Campbell as Vera Brittain, an independent young woman from Buxton, Derbyshire, who abandons her studies at Somerville College, Oxford University to become a volunteer nurse. It features Peter Woodward as Roland Leighton, Joanna McCallum as Winifred Holtby and Emrys James and Jane Wenham as Vera's parents.

The series won five British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA). As well as her BAFTA, Campbell received a Best Actress awards from the Broadcasting Press Guild.[1]


  1. Will Scott (20 January 2003). "Cheryl Campbell: interviewed January 2003". Dorset Echo. Retrieved 1 May 2016.

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