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Far Pavilions, The (Channel 4 1984, Ben Cross, Amy Irving)

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Period drama serial The Far Pavilions, based on the novel by M.M.Kaye, told the story of a young British army officer in the days of the Raj.

Ben Cross stars as Ash, who, having been fostered by an Indian family after being orphaned, is a British army officer serving in the Corp of Guides. He finds himself caught between his love, not just for both Great Britain and India. He is also caught between the British Empire and India when he falls in love with his childhood friend Anjuli – now a Princess promised to be the bride of stern local ruler.

The casting was top drawer featuring John Gielgud, Rossano Brazzi, Robert Hardy, Omar Sharif and Christopher Lee in supporting roles.

As befitting such a high profile show, The Far Pavilions was given a prestigious TV Times cover for the week of its premiere as well as a five page spread inside.

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UK / Channel 4 – Goldcrest – Geoff Reeve & Associates / 3×120 minute episodes / Broadcast Tuesday 3 January – Thursday 5 January 1984

Writer: Julian Bond / Novel: M.M. Kaye / Music: Carl Davis / Producer: Geoffrey Reeve / Executive Producer: John Peverall

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Ben Cross as Ash
Amy Irving as Anjuli
Christopher Lee as Kaka-ji Rao
Robert Hardy as The Commandant
Rossano Brazzi as The Rana of Bhithor
Saeed Jaffrey as Biju Ram
Sneh Gupta as Shushila
Omar Sharif as Koda Dad
Shayur Mehta as Prince Jhoti
Parikshat Sahni as Mulraj
Benedict Taylor as Wally
John Gielgud as Cavagnari
Jennifer Kendal as Mrs. Viccary
Felicity Dean as Belinda Harlowe
Peter Arne as The General
Caterina Boratto as Mrs. Chiverton
Michael Cochrane as Crimpley
Rupert Everett as George Garforth
John Forbes-Robertson as Squadron Commander
Clive Francis as Kelly
Rupert Frazer as Wigram Battye
William Gaunt as Commissioner
Tanveer Ghani as Gul Baz
Constantine Gregory as Porson
Art Malik as Zarin
Michael Malnick as Podmore-Smythe
Mary Peach as Mrs. Harlowe
Anthony Sharp as Chiverton
Jeremy Sinden as Raikes
James Snell as Ponsonby
Jay Devi as Dilasah Khan
Ojah Maharaj as Senior NCO
Kamran as Head Mullah
Iqbal Jamal as Tally Clerk
Sudhir as Jemadar Jewand Singh
Gaul Hassan as Daud Shah
Colonel Kappor as Head Tribesman
David de Keyser as The Rana

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Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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