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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.

ITV
1 Season, 14 Episodes - Canceled
January 9, 1984
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8.5/10
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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.

  • 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.

  • Sara returns from Calcutta, finding Barbie 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 Pancot.

  • In Pankot, Sarah had to break the news of Teddie's death to Susan and later they learn together of the great bravery shown in an attempt to save his life.Sarah embarks on a journey to bring comfort to a wounded man and in Calcutta comes face to face with the war and its pain.

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

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

  • Hari, still keeping his promise of silence, remains in prison and 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, Teddie Bingham is asked by an ex-policeman to keep a secret.

  • The story begins in 1942. The Japanese, having conquered Burma, are threatening to invade and Gandhi is calling on the British to quit India. In Mayapore, a young man, Hari Kumar is arrested and across the river that divides the city, Daphne Manners has arrived from England. It is the start of a chain of events binding English and Indians in a web of love, tragedy and death. At the centre is Ronald Merrick, district Superintendent of Police, a guardian of the British Empire of which India is "The Jewel in the Crown."

Most Popular Jewel in the Crown Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 14 The Division Of The Spoils 4/03/1984
  • Season 1 Episode 1 Crossing The River 1/09/1984

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