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 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

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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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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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The biggest launch for a UK drama on Channel 4 in more than 20 years. See more »

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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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More rough than diamond
27 April 2015 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Channel 4 has gone for an updated Jewel in the Crown and mixed it with a Downton Abbey vibe. Location shooting in Penang and not India with a hefty use of green screen to make the viewer think we in the foothills of the Himalayas as British colonials spend the summer in Simla.

It is 1932 and Ralph Whelan and the rest of the Indian Civil Service start the annual move to Simla, the exclusively white British Club is the centre of the social scene.

A mixed race boy is found collapsed on the railway tracks and an assassin attempts to shoot Whelan but a Parsee civil servant Aafrin takes the bullet. It also seems that Whelan is the father of the boy.

Aafrin is hailed as a hero but he also has tensions in his own family as well as his forthcoming marriage. In fact many people in Simla have a back story and secrets.

This is a 10 part series and boy it moves at a snail pace. It really is a throwback to the dramas of the 1980s and drama has moved on since those days. People want pace and economy of storytelling.

Here we have lingering shots as the director wants to show off the production design, the costumes, the scenery and gives us plenty of flashbacks to boot to the shooting.

In fact somewhere here there was a good 5 part series which was stretched out to a 10 part series and does Channel 4 know it as the viewing figures dwindled from the opening episodes 5 million viewers which is excellent in this day and age.

The final two episodes picked up the pace and as we saw the upstart Indian tea plantation owner Ramu got up to his neck in trouble.

The series was not as upfront with its callous and brutish colonial attitudes as The Jewel in the Crown but we get plenty of subtle and unsubtle racist attitudes and hypocrisy. Whelan could save Ramu but he rather tie loose ends. Just look at the police investigation of the murder which Ramu did not commit, they were out to get the upstart than the real culprit.

The series will return for a second series but this should had been better. The acting is a mixture of good and bad, people certainly look good. High production values and a leisurely pace will not sustain it.


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