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The Jewel in the Crown

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Series Preview Watch the dramatic series about men and women in India facing violent change from 1939-45.

Watch Sunday October 25 - November 8, 2015 at 6pm on WMHT TV

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 | October 25, 2015 at 6pm
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.

The Bibighar Gardens | November 1, 2015 at 7pm
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.

Questions of Loyalty | November 8, 2015 at 7pm
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. 

Incidents at a Wedding | November 22, 2015 at 7pm
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. 

The Regimental Silver | TBA
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.

Ordeal By Fire | TBA
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.

Daughters of the Regiment | TBA
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.

The Day of the Scorpion | TBA
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?

The Towers of Silence | TBA
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.

An Evening at the Maharanee’s | TBA
Bombay, 1945. Guy Perron, working in intelligence with Merrick, meets Sarah, who has come to Bombay to welcome her father home.

Travelling Companions | TBA
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.

The Moghul Room | TBA
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.

Pandora’s Box | TBA
In 1947, Guy returns to India on the eve of independence to observe the last days of British rule. He discovers that Merrick had married Susan, but was subsequently killed. Suspicious, he investigates.

The Division of the Spoils | TBA
Guy discovers the horrific details of Merrick’s death. He travels to Ranpur for the independence celebrations, but the train is besieged and Ahmed Kasim and other Muslims are killed.