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 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 10/22/15

I really enjoyed this series on PBS (here's my review of the series), and it's come out on DVD as well. It's a very good drama about British and Indian people back in the 1930's. It has everything you could want in a good historical drama. Tragedy, secrets, romance, humor, lovely scenery, and historical accuracy.

Make sure you watch the DVD if you missed the show on PBS. It's also good for a gift or for collecting. The DVD has a great one-hour special about the making of the series.





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Available on DVD and Blu-ray from PBS Distribution October 13 

Airing on MASTERPIECE on PBS Sundays, September 27 – November 22 

Arlington, Va.August 21, 2015 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “MASTERPIECE: INDIAN SUMMERS” on DVD and Blu-ray October 13, 2015. In 1932 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.

Rude 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.

INDIAN 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).

Also 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). 

Framed by the beginning and end of the summer season, when India’s British rulers left

the 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.

Next 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 away.

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 helpless.

INDIAN 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.

About PBS Distribution

PBS 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 production partners.

PBS 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.


Street Date: October 13, 2015

Genre: Drama

Run Time: DVD Approx. 600 minutes on 4 Discs and Blu-ray Approx. 600 minutes on 3 Discs

SRP: 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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