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The Jewel in the Crown: 25th Anniversary Edition

The Jewel in the Crown: 25th Anniversary Edition

This landmark miniseries kept viewers spellbound for months when it originally aired in 1984. Adapted from Paul Scott's The Raj Quartet, filmed on location in England, Wales, and India, it won over 20 international...more.
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Overview
This landmark miniseries kept viewers spellbound for months when it originally aired in 1984. Adapted from Paul Scott's The Raj Quartet, filmed on location in England, Wales, and India, it won over 20 international awards including a Golden Globe and an Emmy®. Revisit or discover the rich, complex tale of the end of British colonial rule in India. With Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Art Malik, Susan Wooldridge, and Charles Dance. "Superb drama of reverberating substance"--New York Times. 14 hrs, 5 DVDs, SDH.
Episodes

1) CROSSING THE RIVER

The story begins in 1942. The Japanese are threatening to invade and Gandhi is calling on the British to quit India. In Mayapore Hari Kumar comes under suspicion of subversion by Merrick, the District Superintendent of Police. This turns to hatred when Hari begins a relationship with Daphne Manners, the object of Merrick's affections. It is the start of a chain of events binding English and Indians in a web of love, tragedy and death.

2) THE BIBIGHAR GARDENS

It is now August 1942. In Mayapore, Daphne and Hari draw closer together despite warnings from Ronald Merrick. Daphne and Hari quarrel and the divide between them is seemingly unbridgeable. On a night of rioting and protest Daphne has not returned home. Merrick searches for her with more than official zeal. Meanwhile Daphne finds herself drawn toward the darkness of the Bibighar Gardens and its ghosts.

3) QUESTIONS OF LOYALTY

Hari, still keeping his promise of silence, remains in prison. Daphne has been prevented from seeing him. Regardless of the scandal and the risks, Daphne is determined to give birth to the child she believes is Hari's. On the lakes of Kashmir the sound of a baby crying arouses the curiosity of Sarah Layton - a daughter of the regiment. And in the princely state of Mirat, Teddy Bingham is asked by an ex-policeman to keep a secret.

4) INCIDENTS AT A WEDDING

The hasty arrangements for Susan and Teddy's wedding are threatened, but Ronald Merrick provides a solution. The Layton family gathers in Mirat as guests of its ruler, the Nawab, who may even attend the wedding. However, what should be a happy occasion is overshadowed by unexplained incidents.

5) THE REGIMENTAL SILVER

Susan and Teddy's wedding day is a happy one, except for the strange attack on the car taking Ronald Merrick and Teddy to the church. Merrick to apologizes to Sarah and explains the connections between Mirat and Mayapore where Daphne was attacked. What happened on the night of the Bibighar haunts Lady Manners too.

6) ORDEAL BY FIRE

In Pankot, Sarah has to break the news of Teddy's death to Susan. Later they learn together of a brave attempt to save his life. Sarah embarks on a journey to bring comfort to a wounded man and comes face to face with the war and its pain in Calcutta.

7) DAUGHTERS OF THE REGIMENT

While visiting the wounded Ronald Merrick in Calcutta, Sarah meets Jimmy Clark who later challenges many of the values by which she lives. In Pankot another daughter of the regiment confesses her own act of rebellion long ago.

8) THE DAY OF THE SCORPION

Sarah returns from Calcutta to find that Barbie is moving out of Rose Cottage and Susan is very tense with her new baby. Susan puts the baby in a ring of fire from which he is saved by his nurse. Captain Merrick returns to Pankot.

9) THE TOWERS OF SILENCE

Susan's baby has been rescued from the ring of fire that nearly engulfed him, but how did that awful moment leave Susan? Barbie embarks on a generous mission but is turned back by an appalling discovery. Meanwhile, the Laytons have moved into Rose Cottage, but the shadow of events in Calcutta darkens this home-coming.

10) AN EVENING AT THE MAHARANEE'S

It is 1945. Colonel Layton has been released from prison camp. Sarah visits Barbie in hospital then goes to Bombay to welcome him home. Also in Bombay, Sergeant Guy Perron of Military Intelligence is quickly drawn into a web of intrigue by Major Ronald Merrick. A web not only to catch traitors, but to bind the Laytons too. At a strange party Guy widens his circle of friends with far reaching consequences.

11) TRAVELLING COMPANIONS

On 6th August 1945 Barbie lies in hospital in Rampur. Sarah meets Guy in Bombay, after which she and her father travel to Pankot for his home-coming. There are other travellers who make the journey north with them, two old school fellows and a recently promoted Lt. Colonel. A number of questions need to be answered about loyalty, whether Merrick has finally met his match in Guy and whether it is time for another marriage.

12) THE MOGHUL ROOM

Merrick, having blackmailed an orderly to gain access to Susan's records, is recalled to Delhi at the end of the war. Guy and Sarah find that their friendship with Hari is drawing them together.

13) DVD Extras

*The original Masterpiece Theatre introductions by legendary host Alistair Cooke

*Commentary with Art Malik and Tim Pigott-Smith on Episode 1

*Commentary with Geraldine James and Charles Dance on Episodes 13 & 14

*Director's Commentary
Details

Packaging: Boxed set

Run Time: 740 minutes

Format: Full screen

Number of discs: 5

Language: English

Subtitles: No

Color or B&W: Color

CC: No

SDH: Yes

Region Code: 1

Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Rating: TV-14

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