- The Jewel in the Crown (TV series)
:"This article is about the 1984 television miniseries. For information about the 1966 novel on which it was based, see
The Jewel in the Crown (novel)or Raj Quartet. For the Fairport Convention album, see Jewel in the Crown (album)"infobox television
show_name = The Jewel in the Crown
format = Serial
runtime = 50 minutes (per episode)
Irene Shubik Paul Scott(novel)
Art Malik Om Puri Geraldine James Saeed Jaffrey Karan Kapoor Peggy Ashcroft Charles Dance
January 9, 1984
April 3, 1984
num_episodes = 13
imdb_id = 0086739|
"The Jewel in the Crown" (1984) is a British
televisionserial about the final days of the British Rajin Indiaduring World War II, based upon the " Raj Quartet" novels by Paul Scott. Granada Televisionproduced it for the ITVnetwork.
The film was located in the fictional Indian city of Mayapore and is set during the 1940s against the backdrop of the last days of the
British Rajand the Indian independence movement. Hari Kumar ( Art Malik) is a young Indian man who was educated at the British public school (the term for a private school) Chillingboroughand considers himself "English" rather than Indian. He works as a journalistin India, lives with his aunt, and becomes involved with a British woman, Daphne Manners. One night, Daphne and Hari are attacked in the Bibighar Gardens by a group of unknown men and Daphne is raped.
A lower-middle class British officer, Ronald Merrick, holds Hari responsible for the rape and puts him in prison where he tortures him, even though he knows him to be innocent. Merrick's motives are twofold: he resents Hari's privileged education as well as the fact that Daphne preferred Hari to him (Merrick had previously proposed to Daphne and was rejected). Moreover, as becomes explicit in a later book of the series, Merrick is a repressed
homosexualwho is not consciously aware of his attaction to Hari. This story becomes the backdrop for a number of intertwining subplots during the end of the British Raj.
After Daphne's death in childbirth, another young British woman, Sarah Layton, becomes the central character. Like Daphne, Sarah is pursued by Merrick, but prefers his subordinate, Guy Perron. Sarah's sister, Susan, is married to the ineffectual Teddy Bingham, who is killed in an enemy attack despite Merrick's attempt to save his life. Merrick later marries Susan.
Hari Kumar is eventually released from prison, but rarely appears in the story. Merrick's activities are known by the authorities and disapproved of, and he dies in disgrace, although his sexual proclivities remain a secret from polite society.
The story line of the television series largely follows that of the novels. More detailed descriptions of the plots are available on the individual pages of the novels:
The Jewel in the Crown (novel)
The Day of the Scorpion
The Towers of Silence
A Division of the Spoils
Production and reviews
The series made stars of
Art Malikand Charles Dance. Other leading actors included Om Puri, Peggy Ashcroft(who won the BAFTA Best TV Actress award for her performance), Tim Pigott-Smith, Geraldine James, Judy Parfitt, Rachel Kempson, Eric Porter, Susan Wooldridge, Saeed Jaffrey, and Karan Kapoor(son of Shashi Kapoorand Jennifer Kendal). The complexities of the plot ensured that no one character was at the centre of the action throughout, and, thanks to a flashback in the final part, only Ronald Merrick (Piggott-Smith) appeared in every episode. All four "Best TV Actress" nominations at that year's BAFTAs went to stars of the series, with Ashcroft winning over Wooldridge, James and Parfitt. Pigott-Smith won Best TV Actor.
It was shot on
16mm film, much of it on location in India. The programme was often screened from grainy prints, but was fully remastered for its 2005 DVDrelease and ITV3screening, resulting in much better picture quality.
The series is often mentioned in the same breath as "
Brideshead Revisited". In a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmesdrawn up by the British Film Institutein 2000, voted for by industry professionals, "The Jewel in the Crown" was placed 22nd.
Peggy Ashcroft- Barbara Batchelor
Derrick Branche- Ahmed Kasim
Charles Dance- Sgt. Guy Perron
Geraldine James- Sarah Layton
Rachel Kempson- Lady Ethel Manners
Art Malik- Hari Kumar
*Wendy Morgan - Susan Layton
Judy Parfitt- Mildred Layton
Tim Pigott-Smith- Supt./Capt/Maj./Lt. Col. Ronald Merrick
Eric Porter- Count Dmitri Bronowsky
Susan Wooldridge- Daphne Manners
Ralph Arliss- Capt. Samuels
Geoffrey Beevers- Capt. Kevin Coley
James Bree- Maj./Lt. Col. Arthur Grace
Jeremy Child- Robin White
Warren Clarke- Cpl. "Sophie" Dixon
Rowena Cooper- Connie White
Anna Cropper- Nicky Paynton
Fabia Drake- Mabel Layton
Nicholas Farrell- Edward "Teddie" Bingham
Matyelok Gibbs- Sister Ludmila Smith
Carol Gillies- Clarissa Peplow
Rennee Goddard- Dr. Anna Klaus
Jonathan Haleyand Nicholas Haley- Edward Bingham Jr.
Saeed Jaffrey- the Nawab of Mirat
Karan Kapoor- Colin Lindsey
Rashid Karapiet- Judge Menen
Kamini Kaushal- Shalini Sengupta
Rosemary Leach- Fenella "Fenny" Grace
David Leland- Capt. Leonard Purvis
Nicholas Le Prevost- Capt. Nigel Rowan
Marne Maitland- Pandit Baba
Jamila Massey- Maharanee Aimee
Zia Mohyeddin- Mohammad Ali Kasim
Salmaan Peerzada- Sayed Kasim
Om Puri- Mr. de Souza
Stephen Riddle- Capt. Dicky Beauvais
Norman Rutherford- Edgar Maybrick
Dev Sagoo- S.V. Vidyasagar
Zohra Sehgal- Lili Chatterjee
*Frederick Treves - Lt. Col. John Layton
*Stuart Wilson - Capt. James Clark
Leslie Grantham- Signals Sergeant
According to the
Museum of Broadcast Communicationsthere was "a cycle of film and television productions which emerged during the first half of the 1980s, which seemed to indicate Britain's growing preoccupation with India, Empire and a particular aspect of British cultural history" [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/J/htmlJ/jewelinthe/jewelinthe.htm] . In addition to "The Jewel in the Crown", this cycle also included "Gandhi" (1982), " Heat and Dust" (1983) and "A Passage to India" (1984).
*"Jewel in the Crown" is also a song by
Mike Oldfieldon his 1998 album " Tubular Bells III".
* [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/J/htmlJ/jewelinthe/jewelinthe.htm Museum of Broadcast Communications]
* [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/501531/index.html British Film Institute Screen Online]
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