The Jewel in the Crown

Based on Paul Scott's Raj Quartet novels, this dramatic series, first broadcast in 1984, recounts the final days of the British Raj in India during World War II.

Crossing the River

1h 44m

In 1942, the Japanese, having conquered Burma, are threatening India. At Mayapore, Hari Kumar comes under suspicion of subversion by Merrick, the District Superintendent of Police.


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    Crossing the River

    S1 E1 - 1h 44m

    In 1942, the Japanese, having conquered Burma, are threatening India. At Mayapore, Hari Kumar comes under suspicion of subversion by Merrick, the District Superintendent of Police.

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    The Bibighar Gardens

    S1 E2 - 51m 31s

    Daphne and Hari draw closer together. After an assignation with him in the Bibighar Gardens, on a night of rioting and protest, she returns home, claiming she’s been raped. On flimsy evidence, Merrick arrests Hari.

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    Questions of Loyalty

    S1 E3 - 50m 54s

    Daphne dies giving birth to Hari’s daughter, and her aunt, Lady Manners, decides to raise the child herself. About to be posted to the war front, Teddie Bingham and his fiancée, Susan Layton, decide to bring forward their marriage.

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    Incidents at a Wedding

    S1 E4 - 51m 39s

    The arrangements for Susan and Teddie’s wedding are threatened, but Merrick provides a solution. The Layton family gathers at Mirat, but what should be a happy occasion is overshadowed by unexplained incidents.

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    The Regimental Silver

    S1 E5 - 51m

    Merrick apologizes to Sarah Manners about his presence at the wedding and explains the connections between Mirat and Mayapore, where Daphne was attacked. The events of that night also trouble Lady Manners as she works to procure Hari’s freedom from jail.

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    Ordeal by Fire

    S1 E6 - 50m 34s

    Sarah tells Susan about her husband, and they learn of great bravery from an unexpected quarter. 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.

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    Daughters of the Regiment

    S1 E7 - 50m 58s

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

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    The Day of the Scorpion

    S1 E8 - 51m 19s

    Sarah returns to Pankot to find her sister Susan becoming increasingly agitated by her new baby. Merrick, too, is close to madness. Who will snap first?

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    The Towers of Silence

    S1 E9 - 51m 46s

    Susan’s baby has been rescued from the ring of fire that nearly engulfed him. Barbie embarks on a generous mission, but is turned back by an appalling discovery.

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    An Evening at the Maharanee's

    S1 E10 - 52m 9s

    Bombay, 1945. Guy Perron, working in intelligence with Merrick, meets Sarah, who has come to Bombay to welcome her father home.

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    Traveling Companions

    S1 E11 - 51m 12s

    Sarah learns to her great distress that Merrick is about to announce his engagement to Susan. She turns for help to an old friend who knows more about Merrick’s past than anyone.

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    The Moghul Room

    S1 E12 - 51m 11s

    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.

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    Adapted for television from the four novels by Paul Scott, "The Raj Quartet", The Jewel in the Crown is set in India in the last uneasy years of British rule, when rioting and violence heralded the granting of independence. It is the story of the men and women of both ruling and ruled classes, trying amidst the turmoil to come to terms with the drastic changes taking place around them.

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