The British Raj: though their position seems secure, thoughtful English men and women know that “their” time in India is coming to an end. The story begins with an unjust arrest for rape, and the consequences of this echo through the series.
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A superlative sprawl that only British television at only this point in time could achieve: something languorous in development but tight on character insight, all largely untroubled by commercial dictates other than to be the best it can. Empire-bashing is kept at bay - the unfolding events provide sufficient critique on their own account - instead a densely packed sweep of human emotions in all its many hues.