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The Jewel in the Crown (1984)

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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 »

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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)


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>

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Release Date:

9 January 1984 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Juvelen i kronan  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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

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Fine viewing. Definitely recommended.
6 August 2001 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I can't understand why there are so many negative comments on 'The Jewel in the Crown'. What a well-made series with great performances. Yes, it does tend to drag during the first three or four episodes but anyone who's read 'The Raj Quartet' would realize that the book is just so - several seemingly unrelated events taking place in a larger political context. The series was definitely better than the books and effectively recreated the political milieu of the time. I could read the quartet only after having seen the mini. Kudos to Ken Taylor for his adaptation of a convoluted epic. Definitely a Herculean task. And kudos to the directors (Christopher Morahan & Jim O'Brien) who despite the mammoth task of filming a period piece did it with panache. Anyone who has worked in India (especially a foreign crew) would know just how frustrating an experience it can be. Yet, they've come out with a magnificent product. Truly a classic. Fine viewing. Definitely recommended.

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