Coming to a telly near you in 2015, the next PBS Masterpiece will have it all. Created and written by Paul Rutman (Vera), Indian Summers is filled with the stories of promises, secrets, politics, power, sex and love as the British Raj begins to falter, opening its eyes to the possibilities of freedom. Add in a stellar cast and you might just forget that it’s 10 months between series of Downton Abbey and that Sherlock could leave you wanting for up to two years.
Julie Walters (Harry Potter, The Hollow Crown), Henry Lloyd-Hughes (The Inbetweeners, Harry Potter, Madame Bovary), Jemima West (The Borgias, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), Nikesh Patel (Bedlam, Honour), Roshan Seth (A Passage to India, Ghandi) and Lillete Dubey (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Monsoon Wedding) will star in Masterpiece‘s ten-part epic drama “Indian Summers” targeted for a 2015 premiere.
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.
Also joining the cast are Alexander Cobb (Mr. Selfridge, Call the Midwife), Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty, Misfits), Fiona Glascott (Episodes), Amber Rose Revah (What Remains), Aysha Kala (Shameless), Olivia Grant (Endeavour) and Edward Hogg (The Borgias).
Visually, this series will be stunning. With Julie Walters heading the cast, 2015 can’t get here soon enough.