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Elspeth and her unconventional parents decide to settle down in Kenya and begin a coffee plantation. This is a time of discovery for Elspeth, as she encounters the incredible beauty and cruelty of nature, and new friendships with both Africans and British expatriates. A side plot involves the beautiful and bored British Lettice Palmer who enters into an affair with a handsome safari guide. Eventually, however, the excitement of Elspeth's life is disrupted by the onset of WW I, and the changes it brings Written by
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I first saw this on TV twenty-years ago. It's an absorbing adaption of Elspeth Huxley's first autobiography (there are three), brought to the small screen at great expense by Thames Television. Experienced director Roy Ward Baker assembles a great cast to tell the story of an English family who emigrate to Kenya to make their fortune. The adult actors are perfect but it's the little girl (played by Holly Aird) who steals the show with the most memorable performance. Aird grew up to become one of Britain's favourite actresses as a star of 'Soldier, Soldier' and 'Waking the Dead'. The brilliant score soaks each episode in atmosphere and mirrors the exotic African landscape beautifully. I'm almost certain that the main theme entered the UK singles chart at the time of the series' first airing. I remember all this because I bought the music, the books and anything I could get my hands on back then. Love makes you do things like that, and 'Flame Trees' is the kind of show you fall head-over-heels for.
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