Series I

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

Other Writers: Nicole Taylor (Ep 3), Lisa McGee (Ep 7) and Anna Symon (Ep 8)

Directed by: Anand Tucker (Eps 1-4), Jamie Payne (Eps 5-7) and David Moore (Eps 8-10)

Producer: Dan McCulloch

Executive Producers: Charlie Pattinson, Willow Grylls, Elaine Pyke, Simon Curtis, Rebecca Eaton, Paul Rudman, Indira Varma

Series II

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

Other Writers: Lisa McGee (Ep 2 & 4) and Anna Symon (Ep 8)

Directed by: John Alexander (Eps 1-3), Jonathan Teplitzky (Eps 4-6) and Paul Wilmshurst (Eps 7-10)

Producer: Dan Winch

Executive Producers: Charlie Pattinson, Willow Grylls, Elaine Pyke, Simon Curtis, Rebecca Eaton, Paul Rutman, Indira Varma

“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

Indian Summers
New Pictures Team