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Indian Summers 

Drama set in 1932 during the final years of British colonial rule in India.

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Series cast summary:
Henry Lloyd-Hughes ...  Ralph Whelan 20 episodes, 2015-2016
Jemima West ...  Alice Whelan / ... 20 episodes, 2015-2016
Julie Walters ...  Cynthia Coffin 20 episodes, 2015-2016
Rick Warden ...  Ronnie Keane 20 episodes, 2015-2016
Aysha Kala ...  Sooni / ... 20 episodes, 2015-2016
Olivia Grant ...  Madeleine Mathers / ... 20 episodes, 2015-2016
Nikesh Patel ...  Aafrin Dalal / ... 19 episodes, 2015-2016
Lillete Dubey ...  Roshana Dalal / ... 19 episodes, 2015-2016
Roshan Seth ...  Darius Dalal / ... 19 episodes, 2015-2016
Ashna Rabheru ...  Shamshad Dalal / ... 19 episodes, 2015-2016
Ash Nair ...  Bhupinder 19 episodes, 2015-2016
Fiona Glascott ...  Sarah Raworth / ... 18 episodes, 2015-2016
Alexander Cobb Alexander Cobb ...  Ian McLeod 17 episodes, 2015-2016
Indi Nadarajah Indi Nadarajah ...  Kaiser 17 episodes, 2015-2016
Craig Parkinson ...  Dougie Raworth / ... 16 episodes, 2015-2016
Lisa Kay ...  Stella Barham / ... 15 episodes, 2015-2016
Amber Rose Revah ...  Leena Prasad / ... 14 episodes, 2015-2016
Guy Williams Guy Williams ...  Superintendent Rowntree / ... 13 episodes, 2015-2016
Anitha Abdul Hamid Anitha Abdul Hamid ...  Sumitra 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Shachin Sailesh Kumar Shachin Sailesh Kumar ...  Adam 11 episodes, 2015-2016
Chloé Webster ...  Daphne 11 episodes, 2015-2016
Sudarshan Kumar Sudarshan Kumar ...  Mujinder Singh / ... 10 episodes, 2015-2016
Patrick Malahide ...  Lord Willingdon / ... 10 episodes, 2015-2016
Tanmay Dhanania ...  Naseem Ali Khan 10 episodes, 2015-2016
Blake Ritson ...  Charlie Havistock 10 episodes, 2016
Edward Hogg ...  Eugene Mathers 9 episodes, 2015
Alyy Khan ...  Ramu Sood 9 episodes, 2015
Ellora Torchia ...  Sita 9 episodes, 2015
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Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, the drama tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, from both sides of the experience. But at the heart of the story lie the implications and ramifications of the tangled web of passions, rivalries and clashes that define the lives of those brought together in this summer which will change everything. It's the summer of 1932. India dreams of Independence, but the British are clinging to power. In the foothills of the Himalayas stands Simla; a little England where every summer the British power-brokers of this nation are posted to govern during the summer months. Written by Channel4

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India 1932. A fuse is lit.

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Drama | History

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fin de un imperio See more »

Filming Locations:

Penang, Malaysia

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

The biggest launch for a UK drama on Channel 4 in more than 20 years. See more »

Goofs

Captain Saunders claims to be serving in the 'Royal Irish'. The Royal Irish Regiment was disbanded in 1922 and not reformed until 1992. Also, the slogan 'Jai Hind' wasn't used before 1942. See more »

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Sumptuous production and top-notch acting deliver superb evocation of the Raj's final days
12 March 2016 | by garboventures-30145See all my reviews

Some months ago, I binge watched all of S1 over a weekend. Real life was effectively cancelled until the closing credits of the final episode. It was a glorious, immersive experience.

This is a genuine 'Jewel' of a show. Sure, it has some laboured historical anachronisms and the usage of tropical Penang as a filming location means Simla has been woefully miscast. But these misgivings aside, as a filmic experience Indian Summers is magnificent.

Cinematography is exquisite, the vibrant colours simply dance off the screen and the production values are top notch. The setting is lush and evocative. The plot is riveting, inter-laced with the politics of the time, (with dark resonances for us today). This is definitely a post-colonial reading of the last days of the Raj, but there is certainly some balance afforded by the marvellously textured and excellently acted characterisations. For example, Ralph Whelan is a charming sociopath, but there is nuance and intrigue in his character that makes him compelling throughout.

Overall, I can safely say that this is one of the best, original TV productions I have seen for some years. I can't wait for the second series!


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