The controversial love affair between a British-raised Indian man and an Englishwoman is portrayed in this miniseries spanning 14 episodes in exotic locales in India and England. Based on Paul Scott's THE RAJ QUARTET.
This British television miniseries, four years in the making, is adapted from Paul Scott's THE RAJ QUARTET, revolving around the lives of a multitude of different characters during the waning years of the British Raj in India.
Produced for Granada Television in the UK, and broadcast January 9 through March 3, 1984, on ITV. Originally aired in 14 episodes, running time 15 hours. Shot on location in India. According to the BFI book on "British Television," The miniseries was made under the personal supervision of Granada TV chairman Sir Denis Forman, taking approximately four years to produce and costing around 5 million pounds sterling. Originally broadcast in the United States on PBS's MASTERPIECE THEATRE in a 15-week timespan.
"In retrospect, THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN seems like the highlight of the 1980 British costume-drama boom, surpassing other screen dramas set in colonised India." - 07/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.84