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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.

Series Cast

  1. Hayley Mills

    Hayley Mills


    7 Episodes

  2. Holly Aird

    Holly Aird


    7 Episodes

  3. David Robb

    David Robb


    7 Episodes

  4. Ben Cross

    Ben Cross


    7 Episodes

  5. Sharon Maughan

    Sharon Maughan


    7 Episodes

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Season 1

1981 | 7 Episodes

Season 1 of The Flame Trees of Thika premiered on September 1, 1981.

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The Flame Trees of Thika
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Certification -

Type Miniseries

Original Language English

Runtime 60m



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