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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Julie Walters to star in Channel 4's Indian Summers

Channel 4 have announced that Julie Walters will lead the cast in their new epic ten-part drama series Indian Summers.

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.

Walters plays Cynthia, a widow at the heart of Simla's society, doyenne of the Royal Club  who is as at home in the tack room as she is the ballroom. A force to be reckoned with, her influence spreads throughout the community.

The drama focuses on Ralph Whelan (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) who is Private Secretary to the Viceroy of India. Ralph's sister Alice (Jemima West) finds herself  Aafrin (Nikesh Patel), a junior clerk in the Viceroy's Office.

The cast also features Craig Parkinson as Douglas who runs a missionary school alongside his wife Sarah (Fiona Glascott) who yearns for the comforts of home. In addition we are introduced to young and naïve Scottish tea plantation air Ian McLeod (Alexander Cobb) and the mysterious Anglo-Indian woman Leena (Amber Rose Revah)

As Indian Summers begins, the stories of promises, secrets, politics, power, sex and love play out as the British Raj begins to falter and a nation opens its eyes to the possibilities of freedom.

Indian Summers will air on Channel 4 in 2015

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