Masterpiece: The Jewel in the Crown [DVD] [1984]

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Special Features

  • 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 on episode 4


The Jewel in the Crown
Based on Paul Scott's The Raj Quartet, Jewel in the Crown was an Emmy-winning 14-part presentation of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre. The story is set during the last two decades of British rule in India. The plot is set in motion by the disappearance of British woman Daphne Manners (Susan Woolridge); educated Indian Hari Kumar is implicated and eventually imprisoned. Carrying the throughline of the story is investigating police superintendent Ronald Merrick (Tim Piggott-Smith), whose own life experiences touch the lives of the several families--British and Indian--involved in this multigenerational tale of class and color consciousness. Originally presented during Masterpiece Theatre's 1984-85 season, Jewel in the Crown was successfully repeated in the summer of 1987. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Peggy Ashcroft
    Peggy Ashcroft
  • Charles Dance
    Charles Dance
  • Geraldine James
    Geraldine James
  • Rosemary Leach
    Rosemary Leach
  • Art Malik
    Art Malik

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