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12 February 1985 (Sweden) See more »
The British Raj: though their position seems secure, thoughtful English men and women know that "their" time in India is coming to an end... See more »
Won Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 47)

Tim Pigott-Smith ... Ronald Merrick (13 episodes, 1984)

Geraldine James ... Sarah Layton (12 episodes, 1984)
Wendy Morgan ... Susan Layton (11 episodes, 1984)

Judy Parfitt ... Mildred Layton (9 episodes, 1984)
Rosemary Leach ... Aunt Fenny (7 episodes, 1984)

Peggy Ashcroft ... 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)

Art Malik ... Hari Kumar (6 episodes, 1984)
Derrick Branche ... Ahmed Kasim (6 episodes, 1984)

Series Directed by
Jim O'Brien (6 episodes, 1984)
Christopher Morahan (4 episodes, 1984)
Series Writing credits
Ken Taylor (14 episodes, 1984)
Paul Scott (5 episodes, 1984)
Irene Shubik (2 episodes, 1984)

Series Produced by
Christopher Morahan .... producer (9 episodes, 1984)
Milly Preece .... associate producer (9 episodes, 1984)
Denis Forman .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Original Music by
George Fenton (9 episodes, 1984)
Series Cinematography by
Ray Goode (1 episode, 1984)
Series Film Editing by
Edward Mansell (9 episodes, 1984)
Series Casting by
Susie Bruffin (9 episodes, 1984)
Priscilla John (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Production Design by
Vic Symonds (9 episodes, 1984)
Alan Pickford (4 episodes, 1984)
Series Costume Design by
Esther Dean (9 episodes, 1984)
Diane Holmes (9 episodes, 1984)
Series Makeup Department
Anna Jones .... makeup artist (9 episodes, 1984)
Sallie Adams .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1984)
Jane Hatch .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1984)
Ruth Quinn .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Production Management
Les Davis .... unit manager (9 episodes, 1984)
Ian Scaife .... production manager (9 episodes, 1984)
Bill Shephard .... production manager (9 episodes, 1984)
Series Art Department
Nick King .... designer (9 episodes, 1984)
John Leech .... graphic designer (9 episodes, 1984)
David Livesey .... production buyer (2 episodes, 1984)
Bill Roberts .... assistant scene master (2 episodes, 1984)
Alan Rutter .... production buyer (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Sound Department
Christopher Ackland .... dubbing editor (9 episodes, 1984)
Richard Dunford .... dubbing editor (9 episodes, 1984)
Martin Kay .... sound recordist (9 episodes, 1984)
John Whitworth .... dubbing mixer (9 episodes, 1984)
Tony Cooper .... sound assistant (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Fraser .... clapper loader (14 episodes, 1984)
Ray Goode .... lighting cameraman (9 episodes, 1984)
Jon Woods .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1984)
Lawrence Jones .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 1984)
Ken Roberts .... chief grip (2 episodes, 1984)
Ian Jackson .... electrician (1 episode, 1984)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Hughes .... wardrobe (2 episodes, 1984)
Noreen Ingham .... wardrobe supervisor (2 episodes, 1984)
Janet Johnson .... wardrobe (2 episodes, 1984)
Paul Watts .... wardrobe (2 episodes, 1984)
John Mollo .... advisor: military costumes (1 episode, 1984)
Series Editorial Department
Paul Dickerson .... assistant film editor (2 episodes, 1984)
Peter M. Dodd .... senior assistant film editor (2 episodes, 1984)
Mark Senior .... assistant film editor (2 episodes, 1984)
Navin Thapar .... assistant film editor (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Music Department
George Fenton .... additional music arranger (1 episode, 1984)
Anthony Randall .... orchestrator (1 episode, 1984)
Series Other crew
Jane Houston .... production secretary (14 episodes, 1984)
John Friend Newman .... floor manager (9 episodes, 1984)
Sue Wild .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1984)
Christine Watt .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1984)
Bhaskar Bhattacharyya .... indian advisor / advisor: India (3 episodes, 1984)
Lesley Beames .... researcher (2 episodes, 1984)
Gordon Pleasant .... assistant stage manager (2 episodes, 1984)
Gerry Crampton .... horse rider (1 episode, 1984)
Nick King .... design (1 episode, 1984)

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778 min
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Filming of the interior scenes was disrupted when all the sets and props were destroyed in a fire at Granada studios.See more »
Dimitri Bronowsky:[looks at Perron's shoulder-tabs] Tell me what this stands for - AEC?
Capt. Ronald Merrick:[quickly] Army Education Corps.
Dimitri Bronowsky:I see. Tell me - how does one educate an army?
Guy Perron:One tries to see to it that it doesn't get bored.
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Interesting mini-series, 26 May 2001
Author: sueann from The Land of Elvis

I first saw The Jewel in the Crown while I was in college on video. I was quite drawn in by it. There are many fine performances in this piece including Susan Wooldridge (Daphne Manners), Art Malik (Hari Kumar), Tim Pigott-Smith (Merrick), Geraldine James (Sarah Layton), Judy Parfitt (Mildred Layton), Dame Peggy Ashcroft (Barbie Bachelor), and Charles Dance (Guy Peron). It is these performances which keep the piece moving in the "less interesting" parts.

In fact, I think it is the persona of Sarah Layton played by Geraldine James that makes the middle part of the series really go. She comes across as being quite likeable and reasonable living in a situation and time that is full of discord and chaos. Judy Parfitt is wonderful as her mother. And when Charles Dance enters the picture as Guy Peron..... well I had hoped that Sarah Layton would really just settle with Guy. The chemistry they have on screen was quite palpable.

The series can be a bit stiff and starchy which is fitting considering the subject matter and the characters. I really enjoyed the Daphne-Hari romance. More wonderful chemistry between the characters. The world was well painted as full of turmoil for the British Raj whose rule in India was ending during the chaos of WWII.

Definitely worth watching. I recommend this work highly.

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