Channel 4 is returning to Simla.
The broadcaster has renewed their hit period drama Indian Summers, starring Julie Walters and Craig Parkinson, for a 10 episode second season set to air in 2016, TVWise has learned.
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.
Currently unspooling its 10 episode first season on Sunday nights on Channel 4, the New Pictures produced series stars Julie Walters, Craig Parkinson, Craig Parkinson, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth, Lillete Dubey, Alexander Cobb, Fiona Glascott, Amber Rose Revah, Aysha Kala, Olivia Grant and Edward Hogg. Charlie Pattinson, Simon Curtis and Elaine Pyke executive produce.
“It’s a joy to reunite our wonderful cast and I’m beyond thrilled that viewers have responded so warmly to what they’ve seen so far”, said series creator Paul Rutman. “I am so grateful to Channel 4 for trusting us to continue our journey through the last years of the British Raj. I feel like the luckiest writer in the world.”
The second season renewal comes shortly after it was revealed that the first episode of the C4/PBS co-production had consolidated to 5.3 million viewers – making it Channel 4’s highest rating original drama in more than two decades. PBS, who are set to launch Indian Summers in the US later this year, are on-board for the second season, with the public broadcaster’s Rebecca Eaton returning to executive produce.
“Paul Rutman’s unique perspective on the British Raj has lit up Channel 4 on a Sunday night and we’re delighted to be working with New Pictures again to bring viewers the next chapter of this gripping saga”, added Channel 4’s Head of Drama Piers Wenger, who commissioned the second season alongside Deputy Head of Drama Beth Willis.