A drama set in the Himalayan Hills in 1932 when the British Raj was on it’s last pompous legs, with Indian independence in sight , cannot be compared to a stately home in 1920’s Yorkshire and the family and staff who occupy it. Both are period dramas, yes. Both show discrimination and the injustice of it like many a detailed period drama, oh and it’s shown on a Sunday evening. That’s where any similarities end.
What I’ve been reading from articles about Channel Four’s new Drama Indian Summers being the ‘ New Downton Abbey’, should be due to it capturing the viewers imagination, not for it’s content. With any new Drama whether it is Theatre, Film or in this case TV, it should be rewarded on individual merit not compared to another accomplished Television Drama.
With such an outstanding cast that includes Julie Walters and Nikesh Patel, the drama infolding on your screen in episode one was in very capable hands. I have been well and truly sucked in to the lives and intruige surrounding the characters, most notably the mysterious brother and sister duo Ralph and Alice Whelan ( Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Jemima West). I won’t reveal any of the plot in case you haven’t watched episode one yet, and this isn’t a review as such, either ( so if you haven’t seen it yet what are you waiting for?!).
Such a skilled Television production as Indian Summers should be given a lot of credit. It had so much simmering tension and sumptuous scenery, it captured 1930’s India in a way that you felt transported there, which is quite rare. Writer Paul Rutman has created something quite special.
Indian Summers Channel 4 Sunday 9pm