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3 January 1982 (USA) See more »
Elspeth and her unconventional parents decide to settle down in Kenya and begin a coffee plantation... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 17)

Hayley Mills ... Tilly (7 episodes, 1981)

David Robb ... Robin (7 episodes, 1981)

Holly Aird ... Elspeth (7 episodes, 1981)
Mick Chege ... Njombo (7 episodes, 1981)

Sharon Maughan ... Lettice (5 episodes, 1981)
John Nettleton ... Major (5 episodes, 1981)
Steve Mwenesi ... Sammy (5 episodes, 1981)

Nicholas Jones ... Hereward (4 episodes, 1981)

Ben Cross ... Ian (4 episodes, 1981)
Carol MacReady ... Mrs. Nimmo (4 episodes, 1981)
Mzee Pembe ... Chief Kupanya (4 episodes, 1981)

William Morgan Sheppard ... Mr. Roos (3 episodes, 1981)

David Bradley ... Alec (3 episodes, 1981)
Paul Onsongo ... Juma (3 episodes, 1981)

Series Directed by
Roy Ward Baker (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Writing credits
John Hawkesworth (7 episodes, 1981)
Elspeth Huxley (7 episodes, 1981)

Series Produced by
John Hawkesworth .... producer (7 episodes, 1981)
Verity Lambert .... executive producer (7 episodes, 1981)
Christopher Neame .... producer (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Original Music by
Alan Blaikley (7 episodes, 1981)
Ken Howard (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Cinematography by
Ian Wilson (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Film Editing by
Ralph Sheldon (4 episodes, 1981)
Ann Chegwidden (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Art Direction by
Roy Stannard (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Costume Design by
Maggie Quigley (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Makeup Department
Betty Glasow .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 1981)
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Production Management
Clifton Brandon .... production manager (7 episodes, 1981)
Johnny Goodman .... executive in charge of production (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gino Marotta .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Art Department
John Allenby .... property master (7 episodes, 1981)
William Draper .... construction manager (7 episodes, 1981)
Freddie Small .... construction manager (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Sound Department
Barry McCormick .... dubbing editor (7 episodes, 1981)
John W. Mitchell .... sound mixer (7 episodes, 1981)
Mike Murr .... dubbing editor (7 episodes, 1981)
Keith Pamplin .... boom operator (7 episodes, 1981)
Ken Scrivener .... dubbing mixer (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Special Effects by
Chris Verner .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Butler .... grip (7 episodes, 1981)
Mike Fox .... photographer: animals (7 episodes, 1981)
Michael Miller .... assistant camera (7 episodes, 1981)
Laurie Ridley .... still photographer (7 episodes, 1981)
Peter Sinclair .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1981)
Micky Thomas .... gaffer (7 episodes, 1981)

Ashley Kennedy .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
James Falkland .... casting: Kenya / casting (Kenya (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Jeffery .... wardrobe master (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Music Department
Zack Laurence .... musical director (7 episodes, 1981)
Series Other crew
Linda Agran .... script executive (7 episodes, 1981)
Liz Bunton .... secretary: producers (7 episodes, 1981)
Malcolm R. Burgess .... production coordinator (7 episodes, 1981)
Nikki Clapp .... continuity (7 episodes, 1981)
Sheila Collins .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1981)
Matthew Kipoin .... consultant: Kenya (7 episodes, 1981)
William Launder .... production accountant (7 episodes, 1981)
Monty Ruben .... consultant: Kenya (7 episodes, 1981)
Daphne Sheldrick .... consultant: animals (7 episodes, 1981)
Caroline Woodall .... consultant: animals (7 episodes, 1981)
Gillian Woodley .... consultant: animals (7 episodes, 1981)

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50 min (7 episodes)
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A wondrous mini series, 25 April 2001
Author: ( from st. pete, fl usa

When I saw this back in the eighties, I watched it religiously. It was an interesting story that kept unfolding week after week. This is a story about wanting. The wanting to conquer the African wilderness and make a good life for yourself and your family OR the wanting to break away from a life that seems like a prison cell, so you can love and live free from what's expected from you.

This had a top notch cast featuring Hayley Mills and handsome David Robb as the Grant's, a couple looking to make a life for themselves in the wilds that is Africa. Then you have Nicholas Jones and (Nescafe's UK/Tasters Choice US)Sharon Maughan as the Palmer's, a couple who are trying to make a relationship work by getting away from England and going somewhere new.

The actors are all great in this series, but the ones who make this one work are Ms Maughan, Ben Cross as the suave handsome know-it-all newcomer Ian, and the Grant's cute and inquisitive daugther Elspeth played by Holly Aird. Elspeth sort of ties everything together and makes things happen, sometimes for good and sometimes for bad. The script is well written and at times very exciting.

I guess the real star of the series must be the beautiful scenery. Watch this and you wonder how man can destroy such a wondrous place. If you get the chance, SEE THIS!!

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