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The Flame Trees of Thika 

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Elspeth (Holly Aird) and her unconventional parents decide to settle down in Kenya and begin a coffee plantation. This is a time of discovery for Elspeth, as she encounters the incredible ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Hayley Mills ...  Tilly 7 episodes, 1981
David Robb ...  Robin 7 episodes, 1981
Holly Aird ...  Elspeth 7 episodes, 1981
Mick Chege Mick Chege ...  Njombo 7 episodes, 1981
Sharon Maughan ...  Lettice 5 episodes, 1981
John Nettleton ...  Major 5 episodes, 1981
Steve Mwenesi Steve Mwenesi ...  Sammy 5 episodes, 1981
Nicholas Jones ...  Hereward 4 episodes, 1981
Ben Cross ...  Ian 4 episodes, 1981
Carol MacReady ...  Mrs Nimmo 4 episodes, 1981
Mzee Pembe Mzee Pembe ...  Chief Kupanya 4 episodes, 1981
William Morgan Sheppard ...  Mr Roos 3 episodes, 1981
David Bradley ...  Alec 3 episodes, 1981
Paul Onsongo Paul Onsongo ...  Juma 3 episodes, 1981


Elspeth (Holly Aird) and her unconventional parents decide to settle down in Kenya and begin a coffee plantation. This is a time of discovery for Elspeth, as she encounters the incredible beauty and cruelty of nature, and new friendships with Africans and British expatriates. A side plot involves the beautiful and bored British Lettice Palmer (Sharon Maughan), who enters into an affair with a handsome safari guide. Eventually, however, the excitement of Elspeth's life is disrupted by the on-set of World War I, and the changes it brings. Written by Rhea Worrell <rworell@ibm.net>

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Release Date:

3 January 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Floges stin Afriki See more »

Filming Locations:

Thika, Kenya

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(7 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Although billed as a novel, Elspeth Huxley's 1959 book was in fact a semi-autobiographical work, based on her upbringing in the former British East Africa. She corresponds to the Holly Aird character. See more »

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19 November 2005 | by sam_pereraSee all my reviews

Fabulous min-series making you wanting more. Magnificently shot capturing the wilds of Africa and the superstitions of its people. A story seen through the young eyes of Elspeth displays why these types of British mini-series are so wonderful even after almost 25 years to watch again and again. Great supporting performances by Haley Mills and Sharon Maughan lights up the storyline and it is a shame they did not continue the series onto the next Huxley autobiographical book. It was a pleasant surprise to see that Roy Ward Baker was also the director for one my favorite Titanic movies, 'A Night to Remember'. A bit of trivia that had escaped me all these years. If you enjoyed 'Out of Africa' by Dinesen, you will surely enjoy this series. The quality of the DVD and extras were less than stellar but it does nothing to diminish the beauty of the story, the acting, or the beautiful wilderness of Africa.

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