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Includes the Special Feature – Original Masterpiece Theatre Introductions
by Legendary Host Alistair Cooke


Arlington, Va. – January 9, 2015 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “MASTERPIECE: THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN” on DVD January 13, 2015. February, 1942: India is in turmoil with the Japanese poised to invade, and Gandhi rallying his followers in the struggle to end British rule. A young London-educated Indian, Hari Kumar (Art Malik), suspected of being a subversive by the local British police superintendent Ronald Merrick (Tim Piggott-Smith), strikes up a romance with a shy young English girl, Daphne Manners (Susan Wooldridge). But their star-crossed affair leads to Merrick’s persistent hatred for Kumar, and so the story begins.


Filmed extensively in India, and taking place during the five years preceding India’s independence from Britain, “THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN” was hailed by critics, when it aired in 1984 and 1985, as one of the most thoughtful and important TV dramas ever. This sweeping 14-part remastered adaptation of Paul Scott’s ‘Raj Quartet’ is the story of the men and women of both ruling and ruled classes, trying amidst the turmoil to come to terms with the drastic changes taking place around them, knowing that their lives will never be the same again.


THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN” has arun time of approximately 740 minutes on 5 discs, and the DVD SRP is $39.99. The special features included are the original Masterpiece Theatre introductions by legendary host Alistair Cooke, commentary with Art Malik and Tim Pigott-Smith on episode 1, commentary with Geraldine James and Charles Dance on episodes 13 & 14, and director’s commentary on episode 4.   



MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is Executive Producer of MASTERPIECE. Funding for the series is provided by Viking River Cruises and Ralph Lauren Corporation with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future.


About PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.


PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution offers consumers high-quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming. PBS Distribution is also a leading source for factual content for international broadcast, cable and satellite services.



Street Date: January 13, 2015

Genre: Drama

Run Time: Approx. 740 Minutes on 5 Discs

SRP: $39.99

Format: DVD