Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Based upon the 1933 autobiography of Vera Brittain, the five-part British miniseries Testament of Youth starred Cheryl Campbell in the central role. A single-purposed idealist who intended to "make a difference" at a time when proper British women were expected to keep their opinions and ambitions to themselves, young Vera (Campbell) had her preconceptions and illusions shattered by the devastation of WWI. The series detailed her experiences as a nurse in London, France, and Malta, the loss of those whom she held most dear, and her efforts to pick up the pieces in the years following the war. The five 50-minute episodes of Testament of Youth were originally broadcast by the BBC in 1979, then were shown on the American public-TV anthology Masterpiece Theatre beginning November 11, 1980.