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The Flame Trees of Thika 

Elspeth and her unconventional parents decide to settle down in Kenya and begin a coffee plantation. This is a time of discovery for Elspeth, as she encounters the incredible beauty and ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Hayley Mills ...  Tilly 7 episodes, 1981
David Robb ...  Robin 7 episodes, 1981
Holly Aird ...  Elspeth 7 episodes, 1981
Mick Chege Mick Chege ...  Njombo 7 episodes, 1981
Sharon Maughan ...  Lettice 5 episodes, 1981
John Nettleton ...  Major 5 episodes, 1981
Steve Mwenesi Steve Mwenesi ...  Sammy 5 episodes, 1981
Nicholas Jones ...  Hereward 4 episodes, 1981
Ben Cross ...  Ian 4 episodes, 1981
Carol MacReady ...  Mrs. Nimmo 4 episodes, 1981
Mzee Pembe Mzee Pembe ...  Chief Kupanya 4 episodes, 1981
William Morgan Sheppard ...  Mr. Roos 3 episodes, 1981
David Bradley ...  Alec 3 episodes, 1981
Paul Onsongo Paul Onsongo ...  Juma 3 episodes, 1981
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Elspeth and her unconventional parents decide to settle down in Kenya and begin a coffee plantation. This is a time of discovery for Elspeth, as she encounters the incredible beauty and cruelty of nature, and new friendships with both Africans and British expatriates. A side plot involves the beautiful and bored British Lettice Palmer who enters into an affair with a handsome safari guide. Eventually, however, the excitement of Elspeth's life is disrupted by the onset of WW I, and the changes it brings Written by Rhea Worrell <rworell@ibm.net>

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UK

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English

Release Date:

1 September 1981 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Floges stin Afriki See more »

Filming Locations:

Thika, Kenya

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Runtime:

(7 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A wondrous mini series
25 April 2001 | by timmaukSee all my reviews

When I saw this back in the eighties, I watched it religiously. It was an interesting story that kept unfolding week after week. This is a story about wanting. The wanting to conquer the African wilderness and make a good life for yourself and your family OR the wanting to break away from a life that seems like a prison cell, so you can love and live free from what's expected from you.

This had a top notch cast featuring Hayley Mills and handsome David Robb as the Grant's, a couple looking to make a life for themselves in the wilds that is Africa. Then you have Nicholas Jones and (Nescafe's UK/Tasters Choice US)Sharon Maughan as the Palmer's, a couple who are trying to make a relationship work by getting away from England and going somewhere new.

The actors are all great in this series, but the ones who make this one work are Ms Maughan, Ben Cross as the suave handsome know-it-all newcomer Ian, and the Grant's cute and inquisitive daugther Elspeth played by Holly Aird. Elspeth sort of ties everything together and makes things happen, sometimes for good and sometimes for bad. The script is well written and at times very exciting.

I guess the real star of the series must be the beautiful scenery. Watch this and you wonder how man can destroy such a wondrous place. If you get the chance, SEE THIS!!


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