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The Jewel In The Crown: The Complete Series [DVD]

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  • Actors: Peggy Ashcroft, Charles Dance, Saeed Jaffrey, Geraldine James, Anna Cropper
  • Directors: Jim O'Brien, Christopher Morahan
  • Producers: Christopher Morahan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Aug 2009
  • Run Time: 778 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Granada TV's dramatisation of Paul Scott's novels about the last days of the British Raj in India. In 'Crossing the River' Daphne Mannings arrives in India for the first time and meets Hari Kumar. 'The Bibighar Gardens' sees the controversy around Daphne and Hari's relationship escalate to a surprising degree. 'Questions of Loyalty' has Hari remaining in prison while Daphne gives birth. 'Incidents at a Wedding' finds Meyrick serving as best man at Teddy and Susan's wedding. 'Regimental Silver' sees Susan prepare to celebrate her 21st birthday. 'Ordeal by Fire' has Meyrick reveal the details of Teddy's death. 'Daughters of the Regiment' finds Sarah the centre of attention when she visits Aunt Fenny. In 'The Day of the Scorpion' Sarah meets the Count while travelling home. 'The Towers of Silence' sees Barbie fall ill after a visit to the home of Captain Cowley. 'An Evening at the Maharanee's' has Meyrick interrogate some suspected traitors. 'Travelling Companion' finds Sarah promoted to the rank of Sergeant. 'The Moghul Room' sees Peron investigate the secrets in Meyrick's past. 'Pandora's Box' has Susie struggle to regain her balance after Meyrick's accident. And finally, in 'The Division of the Spoils', the story of Meyrick's demise is recounted in full.


Jewel In The Crown is a critically-acclaimed drama adaptation based on the Raj Quartet novels by Paul Scott. Set in the fictional city of Mayapore between 1942 and 1947--the years leading up to Indian independence--,it examines the complex relationship which existed between the British Empire and its "subjects", and depicts the lives and loves of people caught in the turbulence of India struggling to break the chains of oppression. The series specifically centres on the experiences of a public school-educated Indian named Hari Kumar (Art Malik), who is falsely accused of raping a British school girl. Whilst incarcerated, Hari is bullied and tortured by a sadistic British officer (played by Tim Pigott-Smith), who is aware of his innocence.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By lawmanglasgow on 21 May 2010
Format: DVD
I bought this wondering whether my memories of the quality of the stories, the acting and beautiful locations in India would match the reality of watching this series 25 years on.I am delighted to say that the quality I recalled was not idle nostalgia but was based on a true recollection of the sheer quality of the production values and the enjoyment of watching a long series over a number of weeks ,just as was done in the 1980s.The slow pace IS one of the great virtues affording time for the characters and varied parallel stories of the Raj in India to develop and allowing one's own thoughts about that period to mature.The finest acheivment of ITV and a worthy contender to the BBC's "Tinker Taylor.." series and "I, Claudius" as the finest British TV ever. I sadly feel it is true"They don't make programmes of this quality now"
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Dec 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This powerful and moving miniseries has lost none of its impact since it was first aired nearly twenty years ago. Highly acclaimed, it won numerous awards. Beautifully filmed on location in India, England, and Wales, it is a highly atmospheric and complex drama, redolent of the flavor of the turbulent years just before India gained its independence from British rule.
The story begins in 1942, and through its memorable characters, both British and Indian, it masterfully weaves a tapestry of events that explains the state of flux that India was in at the time and the collision between East and West that often occurred, as the old guard made way for the new. Pivotal events become symbolic of India's struggle for independence, and it is those events that impact on those living in India and struggling to survive through those turbulent years. This tumultuous and sumptuous saga ends with India's independence in 1947.
Masterfully acted, lushly filmed, and awash with period detail, it is so atmospheric as to make its viewers feel that they themselves are there during the decline and fall of the British Raj. It captures the essence of India and its ramparts of colonialism. Interspersed throughout the episodes are snippets of old newsreels that recount India's involvement in World War II and the threat of Japanese invasion through adjacent Burma. These serve to further move the story along and imbue it with an air of authenticity that stays with the viewer.
This multi-faceted series, based upon Paul Scott's "The Raj Quartet", a literary gem comprised of four novels, is a fine adaptation that should not be missed. The award calibre performances by the entire cast are stellar and will keep the viewer riveted to the screen. Those interested in period pieces, historical dramas, and epics on British colonial India will love this series, as will anyone interested in a superlative drama. Bravo!
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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Green Knight on 3 May 2010
Format: DVD
In the 1980s, Granada Television went for it. They realised they had the talent and the expertise to challenge the BBC's hitherto unassailable dominance of the 'classic serial' world. They also had the money to do a production proud.

'Brideshead Revisited' was the first epic from the Manchester-based company that made us all sit up and take notice: it was executed with such skill and sensitivity that no-one has ever forgotten it. We all wondered how they could possibly follow it. Follow it they did, almost at once, with 'The Jewel in the Crown' - which was actually in production at around the same time as 'Brideshead'.

This extraordinary series, based on 'The Raj Quartet' of novels by Paul Scott, turned out to be a piece of such powerful drama that it is virtually unassailable.

Yes, it's set in the dying days of the British rule in India - that painful time of handing over sovereignty, while all around are the ravages of World War II.

Nowadays, when it's still fashionable to beat ourselves up over the way the British carried on in the colonies, it's useful to have a drama like this to put some of the background into context. This exquisite series does it very well. Punctuated with the sparing but very effective use of authentic newsreel footage, it's an intense and often harrowing tale of divided loyalties, brooding passions, and twisted sexuality.

The rape of a young Englishwoman (Daphne Manners is definitely an adult - not a schoolgirl, as wrongly stated in the product description) triggers a drawn-out series of events whose outcome can only be tragic for those involved - and whose consequences are as far reaching as the hills that so often grace the horizon in this beautifully-shot piece of work.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert Spofford on 10 July 2011
Format: DVD
I'm in the U.S. and for years the only DVD available of this masterpiece was one with truly terrible picture quality. It literally looked like a home-made dub from a bad VHS tape. About once a year I would check out video retail sites to see if a newer release was in the offing. No such luck on the home front, but I started seeing mentions of this 2009 UK release including favorable comparisons with the old one.

I ordered it, and the reviews are right. The picture quality may not be exactly HD, but it's vastly better than the old US release . . . about a good as one could reasonably expect from film shot for TV in the early 1980s. Also, this version has subtitles, which were lacking in the old version (my wife has a hearing problem) and there are modern comments tracks on some of the episodes.

If you're in the states or Canada, you'll have to have the ability to play a region 2 PAL disk, but then, if you're interested enough to be reading this, you probably have that ability or know someone who can work it out for you. Ordering in the states from Amazon UK is a non-event: your log-in and one-click settings work just the way they do on the US site.
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