Indian Summers: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
Indian Summers

Critics Consensus

Indian Summers gathers intrigue slowly but effectively, building into an addictive political thriller with exotic overtones.



Critic Ratings: 18


Audience Score

User Ratings: 101
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Air date: Sep 27, 2015
Air date: Oct 4, 2015
Air date: Oct 11, 2015
Air date: Oct 18, 2015
Air date: Oct 25, 2015
Air date: Nov 1, 2015
Air date: Nov 8, 2015
Air date: Nov 15, 2015
Air date: Nov 22, 2015

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It's the summer of 1932. India dreams of independence, but the British are clinging to power. In the foothills of the Himalayas stands Simla; a little England where the British power-brokers of this nation are posted to govern during the warmer months.


Olivia Grant
as Madileine Mathers
Rick Warden
as Ronnie Keane
Nikesh Patel
as Aafrin Dalal
Lillete Dubey
as Roshana Dalal
Jemima West
as Alice Whelan
Craig Parkinson
as Dougie Raworth
Fiona Glascott
as Sarah Raworth
Roshan Seth
as Darius Dalal
Alyy Khan
as Ramu Sood
Amber Rose Revah
as Leena Prasad
Aysha Kala
as Sooni Dalal
Alexander Cobb
as Ian McLeod
Henry Lloyd-Hughes
as Ralph Whelan
Julie Walters
as Cynthia Coffin
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Critic Reviews for Indian Summers Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (10)

There is a lot to love about Masterpiece: Indian Summers on PBS.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Maybe you'll care enough to stick around for 10 episodes to sort this out. I'm not sure I do.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

At some point in episode three or four, when the characters and their story lines finally cohere... Indian Summers becomes a formidable and thoroughly addictive narrative.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Indian Summers is better than that, never judging, never eulogising, even as it makes clear how wrong and morally vacant the whole enterprise called the white man's burden was.

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…

After watching the first somewhat slow episode, you may be tempted to give up on [the series]. But, don't. It has more than enough style, suspense and thrills to keep one glued past the first episode.

Nov 29, 2015 | Full Review…

A glimpse of the last gasp of the British Raj in India with its nationalistic pride and it toxic racism.

Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Indian Summers looks fantastic. It's not involving enough in its first two episodes but begins to coalesce more in a third installment.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

For all those sumptuous settings and despite the impeccable performances, there remains something slightly hollow at its heart.

Mar 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Pleasingly, Indian Summers never feels overstuffed, just exceedingly generous in the way it approaches the disparate people and situations portrayed.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Despite its innocuous title, Indian Summers develops some real heat as a political thriller.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Indian Summers: Season 1

  • Oct 25, 2017
    This one started out slowly but really started paying off by mid-season. Characters that began as "good guys" and "bad guys" are revealed to be gray; indeed, the history, themes, and characters are so much darker and more compelling than those in "Downton Abbey" that it seems silly to compare the two. Somewhat complex plot lines lend themselves to binge-watching.
  • Mar 13, 2017
    This TV series had invested into it, not only because of its human and complex characters but also for its story, production design and fantastic direction and camera work
  • Nov 13, 2016
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  • Jan 16, 2016
    Cinematographers Peter Robertson and David Higgs prepare the canvas (Penang, Malaysia stands in for Simla) for writer Paul Rutman and his magnificent ensemble cast in this story of converging families and cultures during the final throes of the British Raj in 1932 India. Roshan Seth as Darius Dalal is brilliant, funny and emerges as the series' emotional safety valve. Calling all David Lean, Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Rudyard Kipling, E.M. Forster, and The Jewel in the Crown (Masterpiece Theater) fans - this one's for you. Bring on Series 2 !
  • Nov 01, 2015
    Reminiscent of Jewel in the Crown, this lush, gloriously colorful period piece set in the waning days of British colonialism adds in soapy, sudsy side plots, all set in the verdant mountains of northern India. The club, that bastion of British snobbery literally sits at the top of the hill for the Indian community that serves it and the staff of the Viceroy to look up at, and wonder if they will ever get to set foot in it.
  • Sep 27, 2015
    The series intro was astounding. They have set up so many intricate plotlines, handling all angles such as rebellion, British imperialism, the caste system, and so on...I am so dang excited to see where this goes. This show has started off, strong.

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