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The Happy Valley (1986)

In 1940 Kenya as their country prepares for war, the local aristocratic social set lives a decadent, self-indulgent lifestyle, that leads to murder.


Ross Devenish


David Reid


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denholm Elliott ... Sir Henry 'Jock' Delves Broughton
Holly Aird ... Juanita Carberry
Kathryn Pogson Kathryn Pogson ... June Carberry
Michael Byrne ... John Carberry
Cathryn Harrison ... Helen Tapsell
Amanda Hillwood Amanda Hillwood ... Lady Diana Delves Broughton
Peter Sands ... Lord Erroll
Richard Heffer ... Asst. Supt. Poppy
Mawa Makondo Mawa Makondo ... Waiganjo
Kavundla Kavundla ... Gatimu
Roshan Seth ... Defence Solicitor
Frank Lazarus Frank Lazarus ... Doctor
John Cartwright John Cartwright ... Constable
Abdulla Sunado Abdulla Sunado ... Witchdoctor
Oliver Rowe Oliver Rowe ... Ian Eatwell


In Kenya, East Africa, the English aristocracy are famed for lavish parties where champagne, morphine and open affairs are in vogue. When a young girl learns of a murder within that circle, her life is made increasingly unpleasant by those involved. Written by <wyohwy@hotmail.com>

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murder | kenya | aristocracy | 1940s | girl | See All (36) »









Release Date:

26 November 1986 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Diesseits von Afrika See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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1.33 : 1
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"The Happy Valley" was broadcast several months before the premiere of "White Mischief," a theatrical film on the same subject matter. See more »


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I think this film should be viewed on its overall merits, rather than incidents, which are central to Juanita Carberry's story.
5 February 2005 | by stanistreetSee all my reviews

It is difficult to disagree that the floggings of Juanita Carberry were, perhaps, excessive, but it was she who exposed Jock Delves- Broughton's confession. Compared with "White Mischief", this is a far superior film, better acted, particularly by Holly Aird & Michael Byrne who is wholly repellent as Jack Carberry - which may have provoked the disgust expressed in the other review. Denholm Elliot, an actor who has always managed to get into the essence of the characters he portrays, is outstanding as Broughton. The sense of period is imaginatively evoked, the settings realistic and one really feels that this is what was happening in Kenya during the war; bored people trying to justify their empty lives. It really deserves to be issued in DVD format

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