A half-caste beauty emigrates from India to Great Britain, pursues fame and fortune at the cost of personal happiness, and becomes a Hollywood movie star while suppressing the truth of her heritage.




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Series cast summary:
 Sir Burton Rumsey 2 episodes, 1987
 Vicky Kelley 2 episodes, 1987
Gary Cady ...
 Lucien Chambrun 2 episodes, 1987
John Carlin ...
 Sir Philip 2 episodes, 1987
 Grandmother 2 episodes, 1987
Kate Emma Davies ...
 Young Queenie 2 episodes, 1987
 David Konig 2 episodes, 1987
Serena Gordon ...
 Prunella Rumsey 2 episodes, 1987
 Aaron Diamond 2 episodes, 1987
 Johan Krauss 2 episodes, 1987
 Uncle Morgan 2 episodes, 1987
 Lady Sybil 2 episodes, 1987
 Inspector Gopal 2 episodes, 1987
Abigail Painter ...
 Bully Leader 2 episodes, 1987
Geoffrey Rose ...
 Mr. Pugh 2 episodes, 1987
 Dawn Avalon / ... 2 episodes, 1987
Rob Spendlove ...
Godfrey Talbot ...
 Dimitri Goldner 2 episodes, 1987


In the early 20th century colonial India, young beautiful Anglo-Indian girl Queenie, who easily passes for white, lives with her caring Indian mother and stepfather. However, the local British aristocracy considers her tainted and often makes her life miserable. Her stepfather works as a sax player in the local elite British club which pays so well that his family can afford to enjoy the typical western upper middle class lifestyle. Unfortunately, Queenie's life is anything but easy and it's only getting harder. She's constantly bullied at the local British school for girls she attends by her racist female peers. The old creepy pastor who teaches the girls religion as well as English offers her some private lessons. Racially charged riots break out and her family's home is attacked. Corrupt racist British official and dirty old man Sir Burton Rumsey blackmails her for sex after he catches her stepfather with his socialite wife. Eventually, Queenie and her stepfather are forced to ...

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Slow-moving faction
27 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

The pace was lethargic, the acting stilted and because there were some excellent actors involved, I can only assume it was the fault of the director.If you are committed to a 4 hour TV serial, it must take a lot of skill to maintain the tension. The ending was also false and typical American/Hollywood hypocrisy. Nevertheless, it told an interesting story and most certainly was not total garbage. What I do dislike, however, is "faction", when you are never sure how much you are being told, in this case about Merle Oberon, is true. Was there actually a suspicious death in India? Was her mother her servant at any time? Was she ever involved in making a film in India? If all this was fiction, as I suspect it was, then why drag Merle Oberon's name into it anyway?

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