Indian Summers: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
Indian Summers

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



Critic Ratings: 18


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User Ratings: 101

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Air date: Sep 27, 2015

India, 1932. A nation dreams of independence, while an empire attempts to cling onto the vestiges of colonial power. In the village of Simla, British power brokers govern in the summer months, but with pressure building, what will spill forth for the future of India?

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Air date: Oct 4, 2015

The fallout from the shooting reverberates around Simla and a curfew is put in place to deal with the supposed terrorist threat. The arrival of a journalist causes trouble for Ralph, as the tension builds between him and Alice.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2015

It's the Sipi Fair in Simla, the only time in the year when the Indian community are allowed onto the grounds of the British Club. However, Ralph and Cynthia are distracted by events that lay ahead.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2015

There's much excitement in Simla as the Viceroy arrives for the first of his summer visits, while Ralph's plans lie on the edge of ruin when a crucial piece of evidence disappears.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2015

Ralph's attempts to take advantage of divisions within the Indian communities come to a head when he invites a member of the Untouchable community to a lavish party held in honour of his engagement.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2015

A mountaineer causes trouble; Aafrin and Alice try to stop their growing attraction to one another; and Ralph's covert appointment is thwarted by a tragedy. -- (C) PBS

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Air date: Nov 8, 2015

The discovery of a murder victim leads to the arrest of a suspect and a confession; Ian discovers a cause; Aafrin is blackmailed; and the British Club performs Oscar Wilde. -- (C) PBS

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Air date: Nov 15, 2015

Leena and Ian come to Ramu's defense when he's put on trial for Jaya's murder. -- (C) PBS

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Air date: Nov 22, 2015

In the Season 1 finale, Madeleine receives a shock; Ramu's fate is placed in Ralph's hands; Aafrin makes several fateful decisions; an important vote is taken at the club; and Ian becomes a local hero. -- (C) PBS

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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 (11)

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…

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…

Downton Abbey meets The Jewel in the Crown in another lush and lovely artisanal soap from PBS' Masterpiece, this one with top notes of jasmine and waning British colonialism.

Sep 25, 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…

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

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

It is, if anything, more incisive about class, both among the British and the Indians, than "Downton," while providing all the romance and intrigue anyone could wish for.

Sep 25, 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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