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22 April 1984 (USA) See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 54 of 57)

Ben Cross ... Ash (3 episodes, 1984)

Amy Irving ... Anjuli (3 episodes, 1984)

Christopher Lee ... Kaka-ji Rao (3 episodes, 1984)

Robert Hardy ... The Commandant (3 episodes, 1984)

Rossano Brazzi ... The Rana of Bhithor (3 episodes, 1984)

Saeed Jaffrey ... Biju Ram (3 episodes, 1984)
Sneh Gupta ... Shushila (3 episodes, 1984)

Omar Sharif ... Koda Dad (3 episodes, 1984)
Shayur Mehta ... Prince Jhoti (3 episodes, 1984)
Parikshat Sahni ... Mulraj (3 episodes, 1984)

Benedict Taylor ... Wally (2 episodes, 1984)

John Gielgud ... Cavagnari (2 episodes, 1984)
Jennifer Kendal ... Mrs. Viccary (2 episodes, 1984)

Felicity Dean ... Belinda Harlowe (2 episodes, 1984)
Peter Arne ... The General (2 episodes, 1984)

Caterina Boratto ... Mrs. Chiverton (2 episodes, 1984)

Michael Cochrane ... Crimpley (2 episodes, 1984)

Rupert Everett ... George Garforth (2 episodes, 1984)
John Forbes-Robertson ... Squadron Commander (2 episodes, 1984)

Clive Francis ... Kelly (2 episodes, 1984)
Rupert Frazer ... Wigram Battye (2 episodes, 1984)

William Gaunt ... Commissioner (2 episodes, 1984)

Tanveer Ghani ... Gul Baz / ... (2 episodes, 1984)

Constantine Gregory ... Porson (2 episodes, 1984)

Art Malik ... Zarin (2 episodes, 1984)
Michael Malnick ... Podmore-Smythe (2 episodes, 1984)
Mary Peach ... Mrs. Harlowe (2 episodes, 1984)
Anthony Sharp ... Chiverton (2 episodes, 1984)
Jeremy Sinden ... Raikes (2 episodes, 1984)
James Snell ... Ponsonby (2 episodes, 1984)
Goga Kapoor ... Diwan (2 episodes, 1984)

Vinod Nagpal ... Gobind Dass (2 episodes, 1984)
Ravi Behl ... Prince Nandu (2 episodes, 1984)
Master Ravi ... Prince Lalji (2 episodes, 1984)
Rama Vij ... Geeta (2 episodes, 1984)
Bharati Devi ... Unpora Bai (2 episodes, 1984)
Bhushan Tiwari ... Manilal (2 episodes, 1984)
Praveen Paul ... Promila Devi (2 episodes, 1984)
Jonie Sethi ... Sita (2 episodes, 1984)
Ajit Singh ... Awal Shah (2 episodes, 1984)
Tej Sapru ... Afzal (2 episodes, 1984)
Soltan Lalani ... Mr. Singh (2 episodes, 1984)
Jay Devi ... Dilasah Khan (2 episodes, 1984)
Ojah Maharaj ... Senior NCO (2 episodes, 1984)
Kamran ... Head Mullah (2 episodes, 1984)
Iqbal Jamal ... Tally Clerk (2 episodes, 1984)
Sudhir ... Jemadar Jewand Singh (2 episodes, 1984)
Gaul Hassan ... Daud Shah (2 episodes, 1984)
Colonel Kappor ... Head Tribesman (2 episodes, 1984)
Tony Jordan ... Ash aged 11 (2 episodes, 1984)
Dilip Singh ... Ash aged 4 (2 episodes, 1984)
Kristina Lesho ... Anjuli aged 5 (2 episodes, 1984)
Prerna ... Nautch Girl (2 episodes, 1984)
David de Keyser ... The Rana (2 episodes, 1984)

Series Directed by
Peter Duffell (3 episodes, 1984)
Series Writing credits
Julian Bond (3 episodes, 1984)
M.M. Kaye (3 episodes, 1984)

Series Produced by
John Peverall .... executive producer (1 episode, 1984)
Geoffrey Reeve .... producer (1 episode, 1984)
Series Original Music by
Carl Davis (1 episode, 1984)
Series Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (1 episode, 1984)
Series Film Editing by
Peter Boita (1 episode, 1984)
John Jympson (1 episode, 1984)
Series Production Design by
Robert W. Laing (1 episode, 1984)
Series Art Direction by
George Richardson (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Set Decoration by
Hugh Scaife (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Costume Design by
Raymond Hughes (1 episode, 1984)
Series Makeup Department
Pat Hay .... makeup artist: Amy Irving (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
David C. Anderson .... production manager (1 episode, 1984)
Denis Johnson .... production manager (1 episode, 1984)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Abel Goodman .... second unit director (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Art Department
Dave Everall .... rigger (3 episodes, 1984)
Series Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor (1 episode, 1984)

Keith Batten .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Claude Hitchcock .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Rajen Rajkhowa .... sound mixer: second unit (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... optical camera (unknown episodes)
Tony Willis .... effects cameraman (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Roy Alon .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Mason Cardiff .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1984)
John Cardiff .... camera operator / camera operator: second unit (2 episodes, 1984)
Fred Tammes .... director of photography: second unit (2 episodes, 1984)

Frank Heeney .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Alec King .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Chris Pinnock .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Jonathan Lucas .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1984)

William Webb .... first assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Location Management
Gerry Gavigan .... location manager: India (unknown episodes)
Robin Melville .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Dileep Singh Rathore .... location team (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Carl Davis .... conductor (1 episode, 1984)
Series Other crew
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles (3 episodes, 1984)

Aneuryn Jones .... horse master: Wales (unknown episodes, 1984)
David de Keyser .... dubbing voice: Rossano Brazzi (unknown episodes)
Haji .... horsemaster: India (unknown episodes)
Derek Lyons .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Gail Samuelson .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)

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315 min
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A 110 minute cut of this miniseries was theatrical released as a motion picture in France a couple of years before the complete version was aired on French TV.See more »
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
MM Kaye's novel of India brought to the screen, 19 April 2005
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

This miniseries came hot on the heels of 'The Jewel in the Crown', 'A Passage to India' and a fascination with all things Indian.

Ash (played by Ben Cross, best known for 'Chariots of Fire') and Wally (played by Benedict Taylor, who had featured in children's TV series 'Barriers') were the main players in this drama. Ash had been brought up to think of himself as Indian rather than officer class, and so falls in love with the sultry Anjuli (played by Amy Irving, at that time I think Mrs Steven Spielberg).

The other characters are stock faces from the glory days of the British Raj - while big name actors appear in the more adventurous parts (Christopher Lee, Omar Sharif, Rossano Brazzi). Look out for a young Rupert Everett (post-Another Country) in the cast as well.

Bits of the The Far Pavillions will stay in your mind. The futility of war. The ceremony of suttee (the burning of a living widow on her husband's funeral pyre). The forbidden love across castes and classes.

Recently revitalised as a big budget West End musical, The Far Pavillions is well worth your time. Brilliantly cast, scripted, and directed, it was a definite plus point of 1980s British TV.

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