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THE RAJ, ROMANCE, AND REVOLUTION
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Available on DVD and Blu-ray from PBS Distribution October
Airing on MASTERPIECE on PBS Sundays, September 27 –
– August 21, 2015 – PBS Distribution announced today
it is releasing “MASTERPIECE:
on DVD and Blu-ray October 13, 2015.
the height of privilege was to be British in
India, and the high point was the
summer season at the hard-partying
colonial retreat of Simla in the Himalayan foothills.
reality intrudes on this spectacular paradise in “INDIAN
SUMMERS”, starring Julie
Walters (Oscar® nominee for Billy Elliot and
Educating Rita) as the wily hostess of Simla society.
SUMMERS” will be
available on DVD and Blu-ray October 13, 2015.
The run time of this program is approximately 600
minutes on 4 discs for the DVD and 3 discs for the Blu-ray.
The DVD SRP is $49.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is
$59.99. Special features include a 65-minute
behind-the-scenes featurette. The program will also be
available for digital download.
Joining the cast are a galaxy of British,
Indian, and Pakistani stars, including Henry
Lloyd-Hughes (Madame Bovary), Nikesh Patel (Bedlam),
Jemima West (The Borgias), Roshan Seth (Gandhi),
Patrick Malahide (The Paradise), and Bollywood
legends Lillete Dubey (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
and Alyy Khan (Sharpe's Challenge).
appearing are Alexander Cobb (Mr. Selfridge), Aysha
Kala (Shameless), Olivia Grant (Endeavour),
Edward Hogg (The Borgias), Fiona Glascott (Anton
Chekhov's The Duel), Craig Parkinson (Line of
Duty), and Richard McCabe (Wallander).
by the beginning and end of the summer
season, when India’s British rulers
hot plains for the cool slopes of Simla, “INDIAN
SUMMERS” centers on three
brother-sister pairs. Ralph Whelan (Lloyd-Hughes) is the
private secretary to the British Viceroy of
India (Malahide). Ralph is an upwardly mobile,
politically ambitious bachelor, hiding a checkered past. He
is joined by Alice (West), his beautiful younger sister who
appears suddenly from England with her little boy—and
conspicuously without her husband.
there is Aafrin Dalal (Patel), an idealistic clerk in the
elite Indian Civil Service, who wins
Ralph’s trust by saving his life. Aafrin seems marked for
rapid advancement in the British bureaucracy, except his
sister Sooni (Kala) threatens his career by agitating
tirelessly for national independence.
Then there are
two adrift Americans: Eugene Mathers (Hogg), an expatriate
architect from a wealthy Chicago family, who has been taken
in by Ralph after being stricken with malaria; and Eugene’s
seductive sister, Madeline (Grant), who comes to care for
him—and ends up caring for Ralph.
Pulling the strings that animate much of the action is
Cynthia Coffin (Walters), a manipulative military widow who
presides like an empress over the Royal Simla Club, where
the ruling class lounges in subtropical splendor, sipping
gin and tonics, running the country, and dancing the night
Apart from this
in-group are two other contingents representing British
imperialism: tea plantation owner Stafford Armitage
(McCabe), recently joined by his eager and inexperienced
nephew Ian McLeod (Cobb); and missionary Dougie Raworth
(Parkinson), whose rescue of a nameless mixed-race boy
launches a major storyline in the series. Meanwhile,
Dougie’s desperately homesick wife, Sarah (Glascott), is
slowly losing her mind in this strange land.
Needless to say, illicit encounters, assignations, and
forbidden affairs abound. And there are also complications
offstage, where pressure is building for an end to British
rule. Gandhi has recently been arrested on the Viceroy’s
orders, and he is staging a hunger strike from his cell,
exerting pressure that renders the world’s greatest empire
SUMMERS” is a Co-Production
of New Pictures for Channel 4/MASTERPIECE in association
with All3Media International. It is created and written by
Paul Rutman. The Executive Producers are Charlie Pattinson,
Elaine Pyke, Simon Curtis, and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE
on PBS. The Co-Executive Producer is Indira Varma. The
Producer is Dan McCulloch. The Director is Anand Tucker.
MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca
Eaton is Executive Producer. Funding for the series is
provided by Viking River Cruises and Ralph Lauren
Corporation with additional support from public television
viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created
to help ensure the series’ future.
Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public
television community, both domestically and internationally,
extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while
generating revenue for the public television system and our
Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our
customers, including Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from
award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN
MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from
MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and
popular children’s programming. As a multi-channel
distributor, PBS Distribution offers consumers high-quality
content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital
download, and digital streaming. PBS Distribution is also a
leading source for factual content for international
broadcast, cable and satellite services.
Date: October 13, 2015
Time: DVD Approx. 600 minutes on 4 Discs and Blu-ray Approx.
600 minutes on 3 Discs
DVD $49.99 and Blu-ray $59.99
Format: DVD and Blu-ray
Special Features: 65-minute behind-the-scenes featurette
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