In Part 3, Nicholas (James Purefoy) becomes a lieutenant after the outbreak of World War II, and is surprised when his commander turns out to be Widmerpool (Simon Russell Beale). Meanwhile, Peter begins an affair with Pamela. Peter: Jonathan Cake.
In Part 2, Widmerpool's engagement is called off; and Nicholas encounters Charles (Paul Rhys), who has become an alcoholic. Widmerpool: Simon Russell Beale. Nicholas: James Purefoy. Peter: Jonathan Cake.