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The Flame Trees of Thika
Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Produced by John Hawkesworth
Verity Lambert
Christopher Neame
Written by John Hawkesworth
Elspeth Huxley (novel)
Starring Hayley Mills
Holly Aird
David Robb
Ben Cross
Mick Chege
Sharon Maughan credited as Sharon Mughan
Steve Mwenesi
John Nettleton
Music by Alan Blaikley
Ken Howard
Zack Laurence
Cinematography Ian Wilson
Editing by Ralph Sheldon
Ann Chegwidden
Release date(s) 1981 (UK)
Running time 420 mins.
Country  United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £?

The Flame Trees of Thika[1] is a British television mini-series of seven hour-long episodes made by Euston Films for Thames Television in 1981. It was adapted by John Hawkesworth from the 1959 book of the same title by Elspeth Huxley, and is set in and around the town of Thika in Kenya's Central Province. The story deals with the lives of English settlers in this part of East Africa in 1913, when the country was a British colony.

The series stars Hayley Mills (in her first starring role after a six-year performing hiatus), Holly Aird, David Robb and Ben Cross.



The Flame Trees of Thika was filmed on location in Kenya, directed by Roy Ward Baker and produced by Hawkesworth and Christopher Neame with Verity Lambert as executive producer. The filming included aerial views of the actual Kenya-Uganda railway train as it traveled between Mombasa and Nairobi heading toward Uganda.

The television series was nominated for three BAFTA Television Awards, including Ian Wilson for Best Cinematography.

It was originally transmitted on the ITV network from 1 September to 13 October 1981 and was released on VHS (now deleted). It is currently available on DVD.

See also


  1. ^ The town name "Thika" is pronounced "tee-kah".

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