EXCLUSIVE: ITV has given the greenlight to The Good Karma Hospital, a six episode contemporary medical drama series from Mr Selfridge scribe Dan Sefton and independent production company Tiger Aspect Productions, TVWise can reveal.
“Dan Sefton’s scripts are beautifully written and deal with themes we’ll all identify with – love, loss, relationships, family conflict, facing adversity and the importance of seizing the day”, said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November. “The Good Karma Hospital is a feel-good drama full of warmth and characters we will love.”
The Good Karma Hospital is set in Goa, India and follows a team of British and Indian medics as they cope with work, life and love at an over-worked and under-resourced cottage hospital. Run by a gloriously eccentric Englishwoman, the “Good Karma” turns no one away – locals, ex-pats and tourists are all welcomed through its doors and before long the doctors, nurses and patients discover that the hospital is more than just a rundown medical outpost – it’s a home.
Dan Sefton created Good Karma Hospital and is penning the scripts for the series, which was commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. Tiger Aspect Productions are producing, with the indie’s Head of Drama Will Gould, Frith Tiplady, and Iona Vrolyk serving as executive producers. Stephen Smallwood (Beowulf) is on-board as the series producer. Casting for the series is underway, with production expected to commence in early 2016.
Sefton, represented by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, has a medical background and has written extensively for such medical dramas as Holby City and Doctors. He is perhaps best known for co-creating the short-lived Sky Living comedy series Gates. NBC took a stab at adapting that comedy for the US market in 2013, ordering a pilot from 20th Century Fox Television under the title The Gates, but they ultimately passed and it never went to series.
ITV has been particularly aggressive in the drama space in the past few months, commissioning a wealth of series for their 2016 schedule. Arguably the most high profile commission on their slate is a 8 episode Queen Victoria drama starring Jenna Coleman. Other recently green-lit dramas include Marcella, a crime series from The Bridge creator Hans Rosenfeldt; Doctor Thorne, from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes; and Jericho, an 8 episode period drama set in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s which stars Jessica Raine, Hans Matheson and Clarke Peters.