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The Peacock Spring


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A two-part story set in India, 1959. A senior diplomat posted in New Delhi summons his two daughters to join him from their boardingschool in England. Hal - the younger sister- is delighted, but 15-year-old Una is puzzled by her father's decision. Part 2 is tomorrow at 9.30pm. See today's choices.
Written by Ken Taylor from the novel by Rumer Godden ; Producers Sophie Balhetchet and Glenn Wilhide ; Director Christopher Morahan
♦ See This Week: page 11

The Peacock Spring
9.00pm BBC 1: Post-war India has provided fertile soil for films and TV dramas: witness the success of The Jewel in the Crown and all those Merchant/Ivory movies. Now it's the turn of novelist Rumer Godden to make it to the small screen with a two-part adaptation of The Peacock Spring.
It's set in 1959 in New Delhi, where diplomat Sir Edward Gwithian (Peter Egan) has engaged a new governess for his teenage daughters. When Una and her sister Hal arrive from England, they're hostile to their arrogant new "mother" and drawn to romance with "unsuitable" young men. Naveen Andrews (star of The Buddha of Suburbia) fits the bill as under-gardener Ravi.
The Peacock Spring concludes tomorrow evening.


Written By: Ken Taylor
Novel By: Rumer Godden
Producers: Sophie Balhetchet
Producers: Glenn Wilhide
Director: Christopher Morahan
Edward Gwithian: Peter Egan
Alix Lamont: Jennifer Hall
Una: Hattie Morahan
Ravi Battacharya: Naveen Andrews
Hal: Laura Barneby
Hern: Ravi Kapoor
Mrs Lamont: Pearl Padamsee
Lady Srinevesan: Madhur Jaffrey
Di no Mahomed: Debtosh Ghosh
Ram Chand: Ashok Banthia
Chinaberry: Masood Akhtar
Ganesh: Gc Chatterjee
Mr Lobo: Gp Singh
Sir Mahadeva: Nviswa Nathan
Bulbul: Sneh Gupta
Mrs Porter: Laura Brook
Maharaja Paralumpur: Jasbir Malik
Sushila: Sudeepa Gupta
Vikram Singh: Ajin Kyadeo
Airline official: Pradeep Kapoor
Som: Ashoke Viswanathan
Mr Sen: Suresh Bhagwat
Mrs Camngton: Linda Spurrier
Miss Barlow: Maryann Turner
Professor Asutosh: Arun Bali
Colonel Jaiswal: Jagannath Guha
Sri Bhattacharya: Ram Gopal Bajaj
Srimati Bhattacharya: Prabha Tonk
Srimati Roy: Joy Michael
Hairdresser: Sunil Chhabra
Man on train: Debra Jroy
Womanon train: Sumita Sanyal

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