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The Jewel in the Crown 

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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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Part of an early 1980s cycle of British productions set in India. These included Gandhi (1982), Heat and Dust (1983), The Far Pavilions (1984), A Passage to India (1984), Octopussy (1983) and The Jewel in the Crown (1984). See more »

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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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Referenced in Clatterford: Ladies in Lavender (2009) See more »

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30 July 2001 | by arybugSee all my reviews

Apologies but those above who have slated the series by rubbishing the acting I feel, are seriously mistaken. Those who have said that the British characters were too reserved and meandering are quite correct - it is how British people were and definitely how they were portrayed in Paul Scotts original book. The beauty of the piece lies in its tender subtlety which provides in itself enough drama without constant high adrenaline action so common to the Hollywood Blockbuster. Tim Pigott Smith was just beautiful with his sadistic menacing Ronald Merrick who definitely goes top on my list of all time favourites. The whole piece when watched one after the other definitely gives the sense of time and place which - living in modern times it is often easy to lose sight of. Thumbs up to all the cast I feel that the acting from all members was superb.As the show progresses the viewer gets gradually enveloped and involved in the lives of these people the thing to remember about this piece is that it is not necessarily the action which enhances the show but more importantly the psychological development of every single character ( maybe with the exception on Aunt Fenny - funny but was only there for convenience - to introduce Sarah to Jimmy the soldier)


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