The Flame Trees of Thika (1981)

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 Tilly (7 episodes, 1981)
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 Robin (7 episodes, 1981)
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 Elspeth (7 episodes, 1981)
Mick Chege ...
 Njombo (7 episodes, 1981)
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 Lettice (5 episodes, 1981)
John Nettleton ...
 Major (5 episodes, 1981)
Steve Mwenesi ...
 Sammy (5 episodes, 1981)
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 Hereward (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Ian (4 episodes, 1981)
Carol MacReady ...
 Mrs. Nimmo (4 episodes, 1981)
Mzee Pembe ...
 Chief Kupanya (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Mr. Roos (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Alec (3 episodes, 1981)
Paul Onsongo ...
 Juma (3 episodes, 1981)
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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 Rhea Worrell <rworell@ibm.net>

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Pioneering in South Africa before the WW1 as seen through the eyes of a young girl
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This series that I first watched on PBS on television is so very excellent. At the time, I didn't know that it was based on a true story. It was exhilarating to see Hayley Mills as a Mother playing a realistic, gritty role and exciting to see the history of what life was like then. All of the characters added to the telling of this remarkable story. Elspeth, the young girl, was especially a standout for me as she adjusted to life in the rough and making friendships with the people from there and having experiences first hand.

I would certainly recommend this series to anyone who is interested in the history of South America, customs trying to be kept alive in a different culture and anyone who is a fan of Hayley Mills.

I would love to know what happened to the Family during and after the War!


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