- Actors: Tim Pigott-Smith, Geraldine James, Wendy Morgan, Judy Parfitt, Rosemary Leach
- Format: VHS
- Language: English
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Vci
- VHS Release Date: 8 April 2002
- Run Time: 778 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CJBD
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,780 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The Jewel In The Crown: The Complete Series [VHS]
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The most revealing thing about this series is the light it throws on the British class system (I almost wrote "caste"...) I imagine we're all aware that the colonial system was run by the same classes who controlled everything at home, even if they often consigned their dimmer offspring to service in the colonies. There isn't a single likeable and well-adjusted working-class or even middle-class character in the story. Indeed the entire plot revolves around the loathsome grammar school boy Ronald Merrick's attempts to ascend the social ladder.
Whilst the story does a fine job of outlining the conflicts within the Indian independence movement it also reveals the vile social attitudes prevailing within the British ruling classes. Of course these days they've learned to disguise these attitudes much more effectively. However the instant recognition registered between characters the moment "Chillingborough" is mentioned gives cause for reflection on the current make-up of the British Cabinet. Plus ça change, as we say in Europe...
Not having read every review here let me add, in case no one else has, an honorable mention of Judy Parfitt for her brilliant reading of the foul, alcoholic, Mildred Layton. This performance stands with Tim Piggot-Smith's as JITC's principal villains.
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