BBC commissions third series of The Indian Doctor
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 16:24

Rondo Media and Avatar Productions begin filming the third series of award-winning drama The Indian Doctor in the summer.

The award-winning drama airs on BBC One Daytime and BBC Wales in the autumn.

Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at No. 42) again plays Dr Prem Sharma, the eponymous hero, alongside his wife Kamini, played by Ayesha Dharker (Coronation Street, Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee).

Mali Harries (The Fabulous Baker Boys) returns as Megan Evans with husband PC Emlyn Dorkins, played by Alun Ap Brinley (Pobol y Cwm).

The new series (5x45 for BBC Daytime; 3x60 for BBC Wales) builds on the critical and commercial success of the first two award-winning series. In addition to strong viewing figures at home, the drama sold well in other territories, including New Zealand, Spain, Benelux, Scandinavia and Latin America.

Set in1966, The Indian Doctor: Series 3 sees Prem confront a new crisis with the return to Trefelin of the Thomas brothers, Basil and Robert, the successful sons of recently deceased village philanthropist Wilfred Thomas.

Younger brother Robert is a highflying and high-living Harley Street doctor who quickly sets about signing up many of Prem’s patients for his new medical practice. Robert is also home to reacquaint himself with his ex-girlfriend Megan, whose marriage is under strain.

But older brother Basil has greater things in mind: an ambitious plan to build a complete new town in place of the old village. And to fulfil his vision, he offers Trefelin locals the chance to buy brand new state-of-the-art homes in exchange for the deeds to their existing houses.

Prem quickly finds himself isolated as he tries to balance the ambitions of his forward-thinking wife and enthusiastic villagers with his personal doubts about the development and fears for the future.

BBC Daytime executive producer Gerard Melling says: ‘We are pleased to welcome back The Indian Doctor as part of BBC Daytime’s ongoing commitment to quality drama and independent production in the nations and regions.’ BBC Daytime Controller Damian Kavanagh adds: “It’s great to see another successful drama series returning to the Daytime schedule this autumn.”

Tom Ware, executive producer for Rondo Media, adds: ‘We’re delighted with this third commission. The new series provides a great opportunity to further develop The Indian Doctor’s well-loved characters. They’ll be embroiled in new storylines that promise something for everyone, with a heady mix of love and connivance at their core.’

The third series is being filmed in South Wales during the summer, 2013.

The first series of The Indian Doctor for BBC One Daytime won the following awards:

  • The RTS Award for the Best Daytime and Early Peak Programme
  • Broadcast Award Best Daytime Programme
  • Mali Harries won the BAFTA Cymru Wales award for Best Actress for her performance as Megan
  • John Gillanders won the BAFTA Cymru Wales award for Best Editing: Fiction

     

The Indian Doctor is made by Rondo Media and Avatar Films. The executive producers are Tom Ware for Rondo Media, Deep Sehgal for Avatar Films and Gerard Melling for the BBC.