This acclaimed adaptation of Paul Scot's masterpiece, The Raj Quartet, is filmed on location and re-creates the turbulent period when British colonial rule in India came crashing down. The memorable cast includes Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Charles Dance. This 25th anniversary edition is the ultimate version for collectors and new fans of the classic saga alike!
The Jewel in the Crown, adapted from Paul Scott's Raj Quartet novels, tells the story of the final years before India gained independence in 1947. It is rare for a filmed adaptation to successfully preserve the richness and complexity of a great novel, but this epic miniseries succeeds both as personal drama and historical panorama.
In 1942 Daphne Manners, a naive young woman newly arrived in the town of Mayapore, befriends Hari Kumar, an Indian-born journalist who has spent most of his life in England. With his dark skin and educated English accent, Hari feels like an outsider wherever he goes, but Daphne understands his plight and they become romantically involved. Their developing relationship is jealously observed by local police chief Ronald Merrick, a man haunted by his own demons. When the lovers are attacked in the gardens of the ruined Bibighar palace and Daphne is raped, Merrick seizes his opportunity, pins the crime on Hari, and has the young man jailed. Distraught, Daphne flees to her aunt's home in Kashmir, where she dies giving birth to a half-caste child. The focus then shifts to Sarah Layton, a young Englishwoman who becomes fascinated by the story of Daphne and Hari, and who will have her own encounter with Ronald Merrick.
The events in the Bibighar gardens become a symbol of the violent struggle for Indian independence, and other symbols--Daphne's bicycle, a length of butterfly lace, a picture of Queen Victoria on an Indian throne--appear and reappear, linking people and events. This helps to give coherence to the plot even as it spans five years and expands to include many characters whose lives intersect in complex and unexpected ways.
With a huge cast and breathtaking location photography, The Jewel in the Crown was an enormous undertaking when it was made in the early 1980s. Twenty years later it has lost none of its power, and it remains one of the best films ever made for television. --Simon Leake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
it was great series, wonderful story, enjoyed it very muchPublished 12 months ago by Allyson Denford
An all time favourite of mine..Watched originally on TV and wanted to have a copy to keep.Published 14 months ago by Roberta Hall
Loved this movie. Amazing locations and good storyline. Faithful to the books. Enjoyed every minute. Costumes were accurate, acting was very good I thought. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Brian Talty
This 1984 Granada television production, is an exquisitely detailed mini series covering the emotion, passion and politics of India during the succession from British rule. Read morePublished on June 12 2011 by Ruth Tonon
This is a Great Story. Well told, beautiful scenery and describes the history behind India's Independence from the UK from both sides. Read morePublished on April 25 2011 by Jim Zimmerman
I think this is a very well-done series, showing the social changes that were going on at the end of the British rule in India. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2010 by Margaret R. Laidlaw
I had just finished reading The Jewel in the Crown when I started to wathch this set of videos. The story was fascinating. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2010 by Livvy
Very satisfying viewing experience especially if you like period pieces, India, British productions or History. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2010 by M. White
Fabulous epic story - A must see if you are at all interested in the history & life in India during the Raj era. Excellent!Published on Oct. 23 2009 by Valerie J. Cite