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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Brilliant!
19 November 2005 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Fabulous min-series making you wanting more. Magnificently shot capturing the wilds of Africa and the superstitions of its people. A story seen through the young eyes of Elspeth displays why these types of British mini-series are so wonderful even after almost 25 years to watch again and again. Great supporting performances by Haley Mills and Sharon Maughan lights up the storyline and it is a shame they did not continue the series onto the next Huxley autobiographical book. It was a pleasant surprise to see that Roy Ward Baker was also the director for one my favorite Titanic movies, 'A Night to Remember'. A bit of trivia that had escaped me all these years. If you enjoyed 'Out of Africa' by Dinesen, you will surely enjoy this series. The quality of the DVD and extras were less than stellar but it does nothing to diminish the beauty of the story, the acting, or the beautiful wilderness of Africa.


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