Anand Tucker To Helm Channel 4/PBS Co-Production ‘Indian Summers’

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EXCLUSIVE: PBS and Channel 4 have set award winning director Anand Tucker to helm the opening block of episodes of their upcoming co-production Indian Summers, which hails from Vera scribe Paul Rutman and New Pictures – the recently launched independent production company which is being run by Charlie Pattinson and recently hired former Sky Atlantic Director Elaine Pyke to serve on the senior management team.

Tucker has directed a select few television entries including an episode of DirecTV’s first original drama series Rogue, starring Thandie Newton; and ABC’s Gothica pilot, which did not go to series. On the feature side, Tucker is arguably best known for his 1998 film Hillary & Jackie, which starred Emily Watson and David Morrissey and won the director the British Independent Film Award for Best Director in 1999. More recent feature credits include Buena Vista’s Shopgirl and Universal’s Leap Year.

Created by Paul Rutman, Indian Summers tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India. Following an assassination attempt at the Royal Club in Simla 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. New Pictures is producing the drama series in association with PBS Masterpiece. The executive producers are Charlie Pattinson, Simon Curtis and Rebecca Eaton. ALL3MEDIA is handling international distribution.

Indian Summers is one of Channel 4’s most high-profile upcoming dramas, while other similarly high profile entries include the upcoming Devil’s Whore sequel New Worlds, which stars The Fall and Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan. For PBS, this marks the latest British drama they have boarded as a co-producer, with UK dramas being the bread and butter of the US public broadcaster. PBS also co-produces Downton Abbey, Sherlock & Mr Selfridge and recently signed on to co-produce the BBC’s upcoming drama series Wolf Hall, which is based on the Hilary Mantel novels Bring Up The Bodies and Wolf Hall.