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Release Date:
11 May 2003 (USA) See more »
In 1970s England, cultures start to mix and cross with different experiences. Archie is contemplating suicide until he meets Clara... See more »
3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Plenty of energy but parts one and four don't work as well as they should See more (7 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 25 of 28)

Om Puri ... Samad (4 episodes, 2002)

Philip Davis ... Archie (4 episodes, 2002)

Naomie Harris ... Clara (4 episodes, 2002)

Archie Panjabi ... Alsana (4 episodes, 2002)

Deepak Verma ... Shiva (4 episodes, 2002)
Mona Hammond ... Hortense (4 episodes, 2002)

Jeff Mirza ... Mo (4 episodes, 2002)

Geraldine James ... Joyce Malfen (3 episodes, 2002)

Robert Bathurst ... Marcus Malfen (3 episodes, 2002)

Kammy Darweish ... Ardashir (3 episodes, 2002)

Charlie Creed-Miles ... Ryan Topps (3 episodes, 2002)

Nina Wadia ... Neena (3 episodes, 2002)
Rhys Bond ... Reporter (3 episodes, 2002)

Christopher Simpson ... Magid / ... (2 episodes, 2002)
Sarah Ozeke ... Irie (2 episodes, 2002)
Steve Sweeney ... Lager Lad / ... (2 episodes, 2002)

San Shella ... Young Samad (2 episodes, 2002)

Bryan Dick ... Young Archie (2 episodes, 2002)

David Langham ... Young Devil of Dachau (2 episodes, 2002)

James McAvoy ... Josh Malfen (2 episodes, 2002)

Jacob Scipio ... Magid / ... (2 episodes, 2002)

Sophie Winkleman ... Joely (2 episodes, 2002)
Rufus Jones ... Crispin (2 episodes, 2002)

Daniel Tuite ... Paddy (2 episodes, 2002)
Chu Omambala ... Brother Ibrahim (2 episodes, 2002)

Series Directed by
Julian Jarrold (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Simon Burke (unknown episodes)
Zadie Smith (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Nicholas Brown .... producer (4 episodes, 2002)

Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH (unknown episodes)
George Faber .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Suzan Harrison .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Charles Pattinson .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Julia Stannard .... line producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Adrian Johnston (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
David Odd (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Andrew Hulme (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Maureen Duff (unknown episodes)
Gail Stevens (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Alice Normington (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Catrin Meredydd (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Barbara Herman-Skelding (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Rosie Hackett (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth (4 episodes, 2002)

Anita Burger .... makeup supervisor (unknown episodes)
Sharon Martin .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Sarah Walkinshaw .... makeup assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Tracey Gibbons .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Grumett .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Toni Staples .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Andrew Woodhead .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
James Fennessy .... hod painter (4 episodes, 2002)

Rob Brown .... construction manager (unknown episodes)
Thomas Brown .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
Will Cann .... stand-by prop hand (unknown episodes)
Stuart Headley-Read .... dressing props: dailies (unknown episodes)
Campbell Mitchell .... stand-by prop hand (unknown episodes)
Ben Munro .... stand-by art director (unknown episodes)
Gwen Murray .... art department trainee (unknown episodes)
Tom Pleydell-Pearce .... property master (unknown episodes)
Claire Nia Richards .... production buyer (unknown episodes)
Shirley Robinson .... production buyer (unknown episodes)
Chris White .... stand-by carpenter (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Tim Alban .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
James Bain .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Rudi Buckle .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Gianluca Buttari .... foley editor / foley recordist (unknown episodes)
Paul Davies .... dubbing editor (unknown episodes)
Rory Farnan .... dubbing editor / sound editor (unknown episodes)
Barnaby Smyth .... dubbing editor (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Luke Pendrell .... main title sequence designer (4 episodes, 2002)
Series Stunts
Dean Forster .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Amanda Foster .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Andreas Petrides .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Rupert Lloyd-Parry .... key grip (4 episodes, 2002)

Paul Edwards .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
Jason Ellis .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
Nicky George .... camera trainee (unknown episodes)
Andrew Hamilton .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Mike Parsons .... generator operator (unknown episodes)
Richard Potter .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Robert Rabson .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Michael Redmond .... stand-by rigger (unknown episodes)
Tony Slater Ling .... clapper loader (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Claire Saunders .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Ferguson .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Margie Fortune .... assistant costume designer (unknown episodes)
Leigh Nicol .... costume stand-by (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Kevin Horsewood .... colorist (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor (unknown episodes)
Steve Parr .... music mixer / music recordist (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Philip Clark .... location scout (4 episodes, 2002)
Jeremy Page .... script editor (4 episodes, 2002)
Luke Pendrell .... main title sequence designer (4 episodes, 2002)

David Blank .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Kevin Early .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Sharon Howat .... production secretary (unknown episodes)
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Jill McCullough .... dialect coach (unknown episodes)
Sharon Moran .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
David Pinnington .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Rachel Plose .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Janice Schumm .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Zadie Smith .... creative consultant (unknown episodes)
Ronaldo Vasconcellos .... head of production (unknown episodes)
Jack Williams .... script editor (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

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240 min (including commercials) (4 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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In White Teeth, Om Puri and Archie Panjabi play husband and wife. In East is East, they played father and daughter.See more »
Clara:Did the whole of your life flash before your eyes, like dey say, Archie?
Archie:It did, yeah. Thing is, I wasn't really in it.
Clara:You a good man, Archie. Not excitin' - but good. I glad you don kill yourself.
Archie:Thank you.
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Plenty of energy but parts one and four don't work as well as they should, 13 October 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In 1960's England, cultures start to mix and cross with different experiences. Archie is contemplating suicide until he meets Clara, who is fleeing an oppressive Jehovah's Witness mother. Meanwhile Samad has arrived in England to meet with his old war-friend Archie and to complete his arranged marriage. The two couples have different experiences of multi-cultural Britain and this differs from their children as the story follows the two generations across the years.

I have never read the book and probably won't bother, but I have seen all four episodes oft his miniseries that adapted it for the screen. The plot sees us follow the two multicultural families from the moment the parents meet and marry in the sixties through the main stages of their children's lives. It's a little difficult to put a finger on one narrative strand running through the series as it manages to be both a very simplified version of 30 years of time and a bundle of energy with little direction or focus.

The programme was strongest when focusing on the Asian father and the white father. They were the focus of the first two episodes. However the final two shows were also good character wise as I was very interested in the conflicting characters of the shy mixed race daughter Irie and the very urban/western son Millat. The central theme of race and the multicultural experience in Britain is layered through at all times but is not used well at all times, instead it is merely a backdrop and the series didn't seem to make any points that weren't obvious. For example the fact that Archie (traditional England) finds rejuvenation and new life in Samad and Clara (new England) is obvious but not forced in your face. I had a problem with the free flowing nature of the first three shows - or rather a problem with the way this was lost in the final show. The fourth part brought everything neatly together in a series of events that were implausible and felt like the series had suddenly realised that it needed a firm `plot' to finish with. I preferred the first three parts that were more about the characters than events or plot.

The acting is quite good. Om Puri powers over everyone as Samad and is well used. He brings out his mixed emotions towards the west well and is a man in conflict with all he knows around him. Phil Daniels is a little unmemorable but in the first show is good. In his marriage he turns into a quiet little man behind his Jamaican wife so that explains why he is like that, he is necessarily understated. Newcomer Harris is not used well in later parts but is excellent as Clara in parts one and two. Panjabi (Goodness Gracious Me) is average as Alsana, only really shining in the final part when she is given more of a role. The problem with her is that she doesn't seem to age as well as those around her. Simpson is good in dual roles and it's not his fault that the characters are forced so obviously to extremes.

I enjoyed the series despite the fact I found the fourth part to be less enjoyable because it suddenly seemed to feel like it needed `a plot' to get by. The only other thing I disliked about it was the `trainspotting' feel that is given to too many of channel 4's drama series. What I mean is the overuse of music in an attempt to make it cool and fell like it's brimming with energy. This was particularly evident in part one which was wallpapered with music from the period. The music is cool but it just started to feel like a gimmick rather than a soundtrack - happily this was toned down for later parts.

Overall the series is well worth checking out. I don't know what those who have read the book thought of it but I enjoyed it. The main characters are well brought out despite the fact that it doesn't quite feel like a tapestry - more that bits of each part are given over to each character. May not as brought in as many viewers as channel 4 had hoped given the £35 million budget, but it is still a really good mini-series.

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