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The Far Pavilions 

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Story of forbidden love in 1800s India set against the revolution for India's freedom from England.
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An epic tale of an Englishman brought up as a Hindu during the time the British ruled India.

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Complete series cast summary:
Ben Cross ...  Ash 3 episodes, 1984
Amy Irving ...  Anjuli 3 episodes, 1984
Christopher Lee ...  Kaka-ji Rao 3 episodes, 1984
Robert Hardy ...  The Commandant 3 episodes, 1984
Rossano Brazzi ...  The Rana of Bhithor 3 episodes, 1984
Saeed Jaffrey ...  Biju Ram 3 episodes, 1984
Sneh Gupta ...  Shushila 3 episodes, 1984
Omar Sharif ...  Koda Dad 3 episodes, 1984
Shayur Mehta Shayur Mehta ...  Prince Jhoti 3 episodes, 1984
Parikshat Sahni ...  Mulraj 3 episodes, 1984
Benedict Taylor ...  Wally 2 episodes, 1984
John Gielgud ...  Cavagnari 2 episodes, 1984
Jennifer Kendal ...  Mrs. Viccary 2 episodes, 1984
Felicity Dean ...  Belinda Harlowe 2 episodes, 1984
Peter Arne ...  The General 2 episodes, 1984
Caterina Boratto ...  Mrs. Chiverton 2 episodes, 1984
Michael Cochrane ...  Crimpley 2 episodes, 1984
Rupert Everett ...  George Garforth 2 episodes, 1984
John Forbes-Robertson ...  Squadron Commander 2 episodes, 1984
Clive Francis ...  Kelly 2 episodes, 1984
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ...  Wigram Battye 2 episodes, 1984
William Gaunt ...  Commissioner 2 episodes, 1984
Tanveer Ghani ...  Gul Baz / ... 2 episodes, 1984
Constantine Gregory ...  Porson 2 episodes, 1984
Art Malik ...  Zarin 2 episodes, 1984
Michael Malnick Michael Malnick ...  Podmore-Smythe 2 episodes, 1984
Mary Peach ...  Mrs. Harlowe 2 episodes, 1984
Anthony Sharp ...  Chiverton 2 episodes, 1984
Jeremy Sinden Jeremy Sinden ...  Raikes 2 episodes, 1984
James Snell James Snell ...  Ponsonby 2 episodes, 1984
Goga Kapoor ...  Diwan 2 episodes, 1984
Vinod Nagpal ...  Gobind Dass 2 episodes, 1984
Ravi Behl Ravi Behl ...  Prince Nandu 2 episodes, 1984
Master Ravi Master Ravi ...  Prince Lalji 2 episodes, 1984
Rama Vij ...  Geeta 2 episodes, 1984
Bharati Devi Bharati Devi ...  Unpora Bai 2 episodes, 1984
Bhushan Tiwari ...  Manilal 2 episodes, 1984
Praveen Paul Praveen Paul ...  Promila Devi 2 episodes, 1984
Jonie Sethi Jonie Sethi ...  Sita 2 episodes, 1984
Ajit Singh Ajit Singh ...  Awal Shah 2 episodes, 1984
Tej Sapru ...  Afzal 2 episodes, 1984
Soltan Lalani Soltan Lalani ...  Mr. Singh 2 episodes, 1984
Jay Devi Jay Devi ...  Dilasah Khan 2 episodes, 1984
Ojah Maharaj Ojah Maharaj ...  Senior NCO 2 episodes, 1984
Kamran Kamran ...  Head Mullah 2 episodes, 1984
Iqbal Jamal Iqbal Jamal ...  Tally Clerk 2 episodes, 1984
Sudhir ...  Jemadar Jewand Singh 2 episodes, 1984
Gaul Hassan Gaul Hassan ...  Daud Shah 2 episodes, 1984
Colonel Kappor Colonel Kappor ...  Head Tribesman 2 episodes, 1984
Tony Jordan Tony Jordan ...  Ash aged 11 2 episodes, 1984
Dilip Singh Dilip Singh ...  Ash aged 4 2 episodes, 1984
Kristina Lesho Kristina Lesho ...  Anjuli aged 5 2 episodes, 1984
Prerna Prerna ...  Nautch Girl 2 episodes, 1984
David de Keyser David de Keyser ...  The Rana 2 episodes, 1984
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HBO's first mini-series, set in 19th century British colonial India, involves war battles, love, treachery and intrigue as well as love and honor involving a romance between a British cavalry officer and an Indian princess who has been promised in an arranged marriage to a despotic ruler. Written by Anonymous

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The 'Gone With The Wind' of the north-west frontier of India.

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Drama | History | Romance

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22 April 1984 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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HBO's first mini-series. It was also was the most expensive at the time, budgeted at twelve million dollars. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1986 UK video incurred 12 seconds of BBFC cuts. The newer 1998 VHS and DVD versions required a 1 second BBFC cut to remove an illegal horse fall. See more »

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MM Kaye's novel of India brought to the screen
19 April 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This miniseries came hot on the heels of 'The Jewel in the Crown', 'A Passage to India' and a fascination with all things Indian.

Ash (played by Ben Cross, best known for 'Chariots of Fire') and Wally (played by Benedict Taylor, who had featured in children's TV series 'Barriers') were the main players in this drama. Ash had been brought up to think of himself as Indian rather than officer class, and so falls in love with the sultry Anjuli (played by Amy Irving, at that time I think Mrs Steven Spielberg).

The other characters are stock faces from the glory days of the British Raj - while big name actors appear in the more adventurous parts (Christopher Lee, Omar Sharif, Rossano Brazzi). Look out for a young Rupert Everett (post-Another Country) in the cast as well.

Bits of the The Far Pavillions will stay in your mind. The futility of war. The ceremony of suttee (the burning of a living widow on her husband's funeral pyre). The forbidden love across castes and classes.

Recently revitalised as a big budget West End musical, The Far Pavillions is well worth your time. Brilliantly cast, scripted, and directed, it was a definite plus point of 1980s British TV.


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