A number of the reviewers here appear to have missed the point - or, at least, based their negative reviews upon preconceptions of what they wanted 'Staying On' to be. Written after the Raj Quartet, the novel is not a sequel, and indeed, tonally has a very different feel. The TV film was, however, made and broadcast before 'The Jewel in the Crown', as a kind of dry-run, testing the waters for what was going to be one of the UK's most ambitious TV series. As an adaptation, the film is remarkably faithful in both tone and plot. Yes, I would have preferred it if the performances of a couple of the Indian actors had been turned down a notch, however the tonal shifts between the different worlds works very well. But the heart of the book and film lies in the relationship between the Smalleys - Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Rarely have I seen a portrait of love (refracted through pain and bitterness developed over decades) portrayed as well. It has made me cry both times that I have watched it. And for anyone who knows and loves 'Brief Encounter' the pathos of seeing that film's leads reunited 35 years on - and imagining how their relationship might have developed - the pathos is almost unbearable. Shot on location in Shimla, the film of course looks great. The image quality is not what you'd expect of a feature film, however, as like much of TV of the time, it was shot on 16mm film.