The British Raj: though their position seems secure, thoughtful English men and women know that "their" time in India is coming to an end. The story begins with an unjust arrest for rape, ... See full summary »
Reviews
Popularity
3,123 ( 216)

Watch Now

From $0.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1984  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Far Pavilions (TV Mini-Series 1984)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Story of forbidden love in 1800's India set against the revolution for India's freedom from England.

Stars: Ben Cross, Amy Irving, Christopher Lee
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

David Powlett-Jones has just returned to England from the trenches of WWI. He was injured and shell-shocked and, after a spell in hospital he gets a job teaching in a boys boarding school ... See full summary »

Stars: John Duttine, Frank Middlemass, Alan MacNaughtan
Brideshead Revisited (TV Mini-Series 1981)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

An aristocratic English family is shown in the years between the Great War and The Second World War, often at the crumbling family estate, Brideshead Manor, trying to deal with family ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft
The Forsyte Saga (TV Mini-Series 1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Porter, Margaret Tyzack, Nyree Dawn Porter
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (TV Mini-Series 1970)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A six-episode dramatization of Henry VIII's relationships with each of his six wives. Each episode is devoted to one wife, and is a complete play in itself.

Stars: Keith Michell, Anthony Quayle, Patrick Troughton
The Forsyte Saga (TV Mini-Series 2002)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Chronicles the lives of three generations of the upper-middle-class British family, the Forsytes, from the 1870s to 1920.

Stars: Damian Lewis, Rupert Graves, Gina McKee
Indian Summers (TV Mini-Series 2015)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Drama set in 1932 during the final years of British colonial rule in India.

Stars: Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Julie Walters
Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

Stars: Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh
Island at War (TV Mini-Series 2004)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Period: Second World War. A quiet channel island community is thrown into turmoil by the invasion forces of Nazi Germany.

Stars: Saskia Reeves, Owen Teale, Julia Ford
Bleak House (TV Mini-Series 2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan
A Town Like Alice (TV Mini-Series 1981)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy... See full summary »

Stars: Helen Morse, Bryan Brown, Gordon Jackson
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Ronald Merrick (13 episodes, 1984)
...
 Sarah Layton (12 episodes, 1984)
Wendy Morgan ...
 Susan Layton (11 episodes, 1984)
...
 Mildred Layton (9 episodes, 1984)
Rosemary Leach ...
 Aunt Fenny (7 episodes, 1984)
...
 Barbie Batchelor (7 episodes, 1984)
Geoffrey Beevers ...
 Kevin Coley (7 episodes, 1984)
Eric Porter ...
 Dimitri Bronowsky (6 episodes, 1984)
Nicholas Le Prevost ...
 Nigel Rowan (6 episodes, 1984)
...
 Hari Kumar (6 episodes, 1984)
Derrick Branche ...
 Ahmed Kasim (6 episodes, 1984)
Edit

Storyline

The British Raj: though their position seems secure, thoughtful English men and women know that "their" time in India is coming to an end. The story begins with an unjust arrest for rape, and the consequences of this echo through the series. Questions of identity and personal responsibility are explored against a background of war and personal intrigue. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 January 1984 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Juvelen i kronan  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

All the exteriors of India were shot on location in India, but all the interiors of the Indian buildings were shot some six months later and 5000 miles away in the studios of Granada TV in Manchester, causing continuity problems because some of the cast had put on or lost weight in the meantime. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Ronald Merrick: Are you one of those people who think that if you teach an Indian the rules of cricket he'll become an English gentleman?
Guy Perron: Hardly sir. I know quite a few English gentlemen who play cricket brilliantly but are absolute shits.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lovejoy: The March of Time (1986) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Marvelous
14 November 2003 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

This series is captivating. The wonderful way in which strands of plot are woven throughout the series in new and interesting ways, the eternally memorable characters, the fascinating background of historical events, the series' sympathy to people of every age, social and economic background, the charm of many of the protagonists.

Even the more minor characters are just drawn so well. Thus, one of my favorite characters in all of television is that of Nigel Rowan - who is wonderfully portrayed by Nicholas LePrevost; one of my least favorite is the major to whom Sarah is introduced by her aunt and uncle.

Such historical episodes as the decision by the princely states of India whether to accede to the newly independent India - or the creation of an Axis army by Indians who had been taken captive by Germans or Japanese -- these stories are engrossing and not so well known among those of us in the United States not well versed in recent Indian history.

The series is spellbinding - one cares greatly about these people and what happens to them is very interesting indeed.

The symbolism in the series deepens one's sense of the mood of the time, of the tragedy, of the ocean in which these characters swim.

I can't imagine a better series adapted from more wonderful books.


30 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
question about Merrick's motives ameckert2000
Shape lfriedman-6
Ronald Merrick's Murder baymoon
Where were Pankot, Mayapore, and Mirat? jdcofield
Confussed Mariagirl_6
sources of the Jewel in the Crown karen_krenitsky
Discuss The Jewel in the Crown (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?