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Jewel In The Crown is a television series based upon the Raj Quartet novels by Paul Scott that take place in a fictional Indian city called Mayapore. During this time, Mayapore was experiencing the Indian independence movement and the last days of Raj in the 1940's. The main character is Hari Kumar who is a young Indian male who was taught in a British public school called "Chillingborough". Hari Kumar considered himself English and not Indian because he was educated in the British school. Hari worked as a journalist while living with his aunt.

Hari Kumar befriends a newly arrived, British woman named, Daphne Manners. Hari felt like an outsider with his dark skin and English accent but Daphne understood Hari and the two of them became romantically involved. One day Hari and Daphne are attacked in what is called Bibighar Gardens by a group of men. During the attack, Daphne is raped. British police officer, Ronald Merrick, held Hari responsible for Daphne getting raped and puts him in jail, despite the knowing of Hari's innocence. Merrick proposed to Daphne in the past and was rejected, so he was jealous of Hari, and saw this as the ultimate revenge. Merrick also resented Hari's education in a British school.

Later on Daphne dies from giving birth to a half-caste child and another young British woman named Sarah Layton, becomes the main female character in the television show. Sarah is soon pursued by Merrick, but she chooses Guy Perron who is Merrick's subordinate. Teddie Bingham is killed in a brutal enemy attack despite Merrick's efforts to save his life. Merrick soon after marries Teddie's widow Susan, who is Sarah's sister.

The cast consisted of 14 members with the likes of Ronald Merrick (who was one of the main characters) played by Tim Pigott- Smith. The television series was directed by Jim O'Brien and Christopher Morahan.

1 Season, 14 Episodes - Canceled
January 9, 1984
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Jewel in the Crown Full Episode Guide

  • Guy Peron discovers the horrific details of Captain Merrick's death. Whilst he and the rest of the party travel to Ranpur for the independence celebrations, the train is beseiged and the Ahmed Kasim and other Muslims are killed. Peron returns to Mirat to break the news and tries unsuccessfully to meet Hari Kumar.

  • In August 1947 Guy Perron returns to India on the eve of independence to observe the last days of British rule. He discovers that Merrick had married Susan but has subsequently been killed in a riding accident. Perron questions Nigel about Merrick and discovers he was murdered.

  • News of the end of the war reaches Pankot. Merrick who has blackmailed an orderly to gain access to Susan's records, is recalled to Delhi. Perron, who knows of the blackmail, is demobilised. Sara supervises the arrangements, and as they talk of Hari Kumar they are drawn together in the deserted summer residence and make love.

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