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Jewel in the Crown, The

ELEPHANTINE RAMBLE around the Raj that reworked the same opulence, class-obsessions and willowy frocks from BRIDESHEAD REVISITED on an even more shameless scale. Lips quivered, giant skirts flapped, brows furrowed. TIM PIGGOTT-SMITH, ART MALIK, CHARLES DANCE, SUSAN WOOLDRIDGE, PEGGY ASHCROFT and GERALDINE JAMES were among those who did their best to look dignified when a giant fly landed on their nose in the middle of a poignant monologue. Filming almost killed the cast on location and nearly burned down the Rovers Return back home. Easy to confuse – as a kid, anyway – with A Passage To India, except this didn’t have a blacked-up wobbly-headed ALEC GUINNESS.

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  1. Joanne Gray

    November 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Beautifully spoofed by Lenny Henry as The Jewel in India’s Passage, serialised on his self titled comedy sketch show.

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