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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)
Matthew Davison .... clapper loader (4 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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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 »
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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30 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Marvelous, 14 November 2003
Author: trpdean from New York, New York

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.

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