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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
12 February 1985 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Crowning Glory See more (30 total) »

Cast

 (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)
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Series Directed by
Jim O'Brien (5 episodes, 1984)
Christopher Morahan (3 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Writing credits
Ken Taylor (14 episodes, 1984)
Paul Scott (4 episodes, 1984)

Series Produced by
Christopher Morahan .... producer (8 episodes, 1984)
Milly Preece .... associate producer (8 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Original Music by
George Fenton (8 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ray Goode (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Edward Mansell (8 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Casting by
Susie Bruffin (8 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Production Design by
Vic Symonds (8 episodes, 1984)
Alan Pickford (3 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Costume Design by
Esther Dean (8 episodes, 1984)
Diane Holmes (8 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Makeup Department
Anna Jones .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Production Management
Les Davis .... unit manager (8 episodes, 1984)
Ian Scaife .... production manager (8 episodes, 1984)
Bill Shephard .... production manager (8 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Art Department
Nick King .... designer (8 episodes, 1984)
John Leech .... graphic designer (8 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Sound Department
Christopher Ackland .... dubbing editor (8 episodes, 1984)
Richard Dunford .... dubbing editor (8 episodes, 1984)
Martin Kay .... sound recordist (8 episodes, 1984)
John Whitworth .... dubbing mixer (8 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1984)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Goode .... lighting cameraman (8 episodes, 1984)
Jon Woods .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1984)

Ian Jackson .... electrician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Hughes .... wardrobe (1 episode, 1984)
Noreen Ingham .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 1984)
Janet Johnson .... wardrobe (1 episode, 1984)
Paul Watts .... wardrobe (1 episode, 1984)

John Mollo .... advisor: military costumes (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Paul Dickerson .... assistant film editor (1 episode, 1984)
Peter M. Dodd .... senior assistant film editor (1 episode, 1984)
Mark Senior .... assistant film editor (1 episode, 1984)
Navin Thapar .... assistant film editor (1 episode, 1984)
 
Series Music Department
George Fenton .... additional music arranger (unknown episodes)
Anthony Randall .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Jane Houston .... production secretary (14 episodes, 1984)
John Friend Newman .... floor manager (8 episodes, 1984)
Sue Wild .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1984)
Christine Watt .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1984)
Bhaskar Bhattacharyya .... advisor: India / indian advisor (2 episodes, 1984)

Gerry Crampton .... horse rider (unknown episodes)
Nick King .... design (unknown episodes)
 

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778 min
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Trivia:
Filming of the interior scenes was disrupted when all the sets and props were destroyed in a fire at Granada studios.See more »
Quotes:
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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Referenced in Casting a Classic (2008) (V)See more »

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33 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Crowning Glory, 14 September 2005
Author: alfa-16 from Rural Kent, UK

There's a small scene in the first 2 hour episode of Jewel in the Crown about 80 minutes in. Susan Wooldridge, a gangly maladroit, clearly not cut out for India, is sleeping. The long awaited rain wakes her and she gets up and walks out onto the balcony. The obsessional loving care and artistry that is evident in just this single minute tell you everything you need to know about the quality of Jewel in the Crown. The set and the lighting on the sleeping figure momentarily transforms the character who will later be known, pejoratively as "that Manners girl" into the Diana-like beauty she always imagined she would become. Wooldridge is convincingly asleep and wakes naturally, and surprise, delight and relief register on her face as she revels in the feel of rain on her face. Nothing is out the book. It's all fresh, original, new. A great piece of acting by Wooldridge, never surpassed or even approached by all the other actors and actresses who have had to play this popular little scene, present in so many other movies. A great piece of directing, lighting, scene setting and costume design.

Aside from this one, there are 649 other minutes and the same care and devotion is taken with all of them. In the episode "The Mughal Room", Sara Layton and Guy Perron spend Guy's last afternoon exploring the Governor's Summer residence at Pankot. 7 minutes go by without any dialogue in this little elegy for the cobwebbed glory of the Raj before they settle down in one of the bedrooms to make love. You won't find anything else like it in mainstream television. Very hard to do but very beautiful.

But then the whole story is excellent, beautifully paced, tragic, funny, pathetic, illuminating and exciting by turns. I've watched it a number of times and I never want it to end.

It really is the best drama series ever made.

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