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The British Raj: though their position seems secure, thoughtful English men and women know that "their" time in India is coming to an end. The story begins with an unjust arrest for rape, ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
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 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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The British Raj: though their position seems secure, thoughtful English men and women know that "their" time in India is coming to an end. The story begins with an unjust arrest for rape, and the consequences of this echo through the series. Questions of identity and personal responsibility are explored against a background of war and personal intrigue. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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English

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9 January 1984 (UK) See more »

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The Jewel in the Crown See more »

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Kashmir, India See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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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

Capt. Ronald Merrick: Are you one of those people who think that if you teach an Indian the rules of cricket he'll become an English gentleman?
Guy Perron: Hardly sir. I know quite a few English gentlemen who play cricket brilliantly but are absolute shits.
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The television masterpiece
18 August 2003 | by mjtsmm2027See all my reviews

What can you say about this inimatable piece of work which stunned the UK in the mid eighties? British television drama has always had a reputation for being superior as it tends not to be involved in sensationalism or commercial value. Maybe today this theory doesn't stand up too well but The Jewel in the Crown is one of the most beautifully written and performed pieces of work that the current generations could hope for. Forget about fast pace and update technology as this is a serious historical piece about Britains' end in India during WW11 and thus the de-mobilising of the 'polite society' class abroad. Cinematically photographed and performed to perfection, with Tim Piggott-Smith, Judy Parfitt and Peggy Ashcroft stealing the honours. This was repeated on UK TV in 1997 and everyone agreed how it had lost none of its power and dramatic pull. This will stay with you forever.


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