Ripping Yarns: Season 2, Episode 3

Roger of the Raj (24 Oct. 1979)

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On the eve of the Great War Roger Bartlesham's aristocratic parents are firm believers in the Empire though Roger, encouraged by socialist Latin teacher Mr Hopper,dreams of equality and ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Vernon ...
Lord Bartlesham
Joan Sanderson ...
Lady Bartlesham
Roger Brierley ...
Colonel Runciman
Jan Francis ...
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Major Daintry
David Griffin ...
Captain Meredith
Charles McKeown ...
Captain Morrison
David Warwick ...
Captain Cooper
Michael Stainton ...
the Gamekeeper
Ken Shorter ...
1st Mutinous Officer
Douglas Hinton ...
2nd Mutinous Officer
Dorothy Frere ...


On the eve of the Great War Roger Bartlesham's aristocratic parents are firm believers in the Empire though Roger, encouraged by socialist Latin teacher Mr Hopper,dreams of equality and opening a tea shop with his sweet-heart Miranda. After a sojourn in India where various officers shoot themselves to atone for breaches in etiquette Roger gets caught up in Hopper's attempt to bring the Russian revolution to England but is rescued from the chaos by Miranda in time for them to pursue their dream. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Lord Bartelsham: You know, I often think that if people had been a little more kind to each other, we could have avoided many of the wars which have plagued society through the ages.
Lady Bartelsham: Rubbish, dear.
Lord Bartelsham: Well... maybe... but just suppose for a minute that when Wallenstein reached the gates of Magdeburg in 1631, instead of razing the city to the ground and putting its inhabitants to the sword, he'd said... "What a lovely place! How lucky you are to live here. I live in Sweden... you must come and see me some time." ...
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Serenade Op. 73, No. 2
Music by Edward Elgar
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Clever and very funny political comedy
4 October 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Roger of the Raj is the most successful of the many fine episodes in the Ripping Yarns series. It offers a critique of many political standpoints, showing how close to lunacy we all are. The performances of Richard Vernon (as Lord Bartlesham) and Joan Sanderson (as Lady Bartlesham) are classic cameos in the tradition of subtle British comedy. The scene of the Bartleshams at breakfast is particularly clever and funny, satirizing both liberal and conservative political values. Michael Palin's performance as their son, Roger, is judiciously restrained, allowing the older stars to shine.

It is a great pity that Ripping Yarns has not had more widespread recognition as a series and that that this episode in particular is not better known.

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