Indian Summers
Indian Summers

It’s the 1930s and India dreams of independence, but the British are clinging to power. In the foothills of the Himalayas stands the hill station of Simla, where every summer the British power-brokers gather to escape the heat of the Delhi plains.

Created and majority written by Paul Rutman, starring Julie Walters, Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Jemima West, Indian Summers is a two series drama produced for Channel 4 and WGBH.

Series 1

It’s 1932 and the British are retreating to the Simla Hill Station for the summer months. At the Royal Simla Club, Cynthia reigns supreme as the society queen, but the world around her is slowly changing. The first series reveals a tangled web of passions, rivalries and politics that define the lives of those brought together in the shadow of the mountains as India moves ever closer to independence

Starring: Julie Walters, Roshan Seth, Henry Lloyd Hughes, Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Lillete Dubey, Alexander Cobb, Craig Parkinson, Fiona Glascott, Amber Rose Revah, Aysha Kala, Olivia Grant, Edward Hogg, Rick Warden, Patrick Malahide and Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Created and written by Paul Rutman
Writers: Paul Rutman, Lisa Mcgee and Anna Symon
Directed by: Anand Tucker, Jamie Payne and David Moore

Series 2

Three years on and we return to Simla in the summer of 1935. Life in Simla continues to be as fun and debauched as ever, but Alice and Aafrin’s affair is threatened by the combination of the re-appearance of Alice’s violent ex-husband and Aafrin’s involvement with the Congress rebels.

The Viceroy, Lord Willingdon, is in his final few months in the role, and Ralph Whelan has long been tipped for the top job. However, the violent arm of Congress is determined to achieve Indian independence, whatever the cost.

At the club, Cynthia still reigns supreme but even she cannot deny that it is becoming ever more apparent that British rule is fading in the sub-continent

Created and written by Paul Rutman
Writers: Paul Rutman, Lisa Mcgee and Anna Symon
Directed by: Paul Wilmshurst, John Alexander and Jonathan Teplitzky

“Stifling heat, bubbling passions and political intrigue as this stylish 1930s drama returns. Does the trick nicely.” The Guardian

“Like the first series, it’s multi-stranded, a riot of colour and detail and full of events and complicated characters. Everything Downton Abbey was at its best and in many ways, even better.” Daily Express

“Just as we hit peak Sunday night blues, Indian Summers mercifully whisks us away to more pleasurable, exotic climes.” Heat