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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
12 February 1985 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
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:
Not a soap opera after all 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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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:
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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52 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Not a soap opera after all, 11 March 2000
Author: m_white from Seattle, WA

The person who wrote the other review here dismays me. I loved The Jewel In The Crown and highly recommend it! I think it's a very skillful and successful adaptation for TV from fiction.

My own views about this series have changed -- from good to better. A few years ago, I rented it and watched it over a couple days. I thought it was very good, a haunting, tragic story very well done. I realize now that I watched it then very literally, very matter-of-fact, and saw it mostly as a straightforward series of events in the lives of these people trying to cope with the turmoil of the last days of the British in India. I viewed it mostly as a sort of soap opera.

Recently I read all four of the books from which this story was taken, and what an illumination! These novels are brilliant, and I'm stunned with admiration for the talent of the writer, Paul Scott. So after turning the last page, I hot-footed it down to my local video store and rented the whole shebang AGAIN -- and this time saw it as a giant allegory, laden with symbolism, foreshadowing, and irony. The acting is top notch across the board -- you won't find better -- and it's visually striking. There are scenes in this movie that I'll never forget, in the same way the characters are haunted by them.

Instead of a meandering and random soap opera, I saw how event built upon event, how characters affected one another, how chance meetings changed lives, how it all slouched inexorably towards the climax -- or anticlimax -- of the devastating conclusion.

I am amazed at the skillfulness of the screenplay -- to compress those four novels and all their layers of complexity into this TV series. It really is astonishing how the *intent* and *spirit* of the story is communicated... it's not bashing you over the head, but it's *implied*.

I love how the story does not spoon-feed you. I love how the characters don't make sense and we must puzzle them out for ourselves. We're left with a hundred questions about why they did what they did, and I will enjoy speculating about that for years to come. (If you like pat answers, steer clear of this one.)

I loved this series, I intend to buy the videos, and I highly recommend it.

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