Paul Scott - late-flowering of a master
- Jewel in the Crown (Miniseries) review by PG
Paul Scott was a phenomenon. For most of his life, he wrote little of note - and was better known as the literary agent of writers such as Muriel Spark, who did not rate him. Then - after wartime service in India - he began writing novels inspired by his observation of the last days of the Indian Raj. He lived long enough to know that finally he had achieved something memorable : the books themselves and the mini-series of 4 television films based on them are outstanding, important pieces of work.
Seeing the mini-series again alongside reading the novels has been a terrific experience : the acting across the board is pitch-perfect : not a weak performance among them. Art Malik's poignant Hari Kumar - Tim Pigott-Smith's horrendous Ronald Merrick - Geraldine James and Charles Dance - not to forget Dame Peggy Ashcroft's wonderful Barbie Batchelor and the supporting cast of Raj Ladies The dvd collection explains the care with which the tv series was made : altogether this is quality work - which deserves regular network revival so that younger people come to know what the best of the best looks like.
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