Monday 15 November 2010, 11:50
A new period comedy drama begins on BBC One Wales today, in which a sleepy Welsh mining village is changed by the arrival of the new local GP, a high-flying Delhi graduate played by Sanjeev Bhaskar.
Sanjeev Bhaskar in The Indian Doctor. Photo: BBC/Rondo Media/Laurence Cendrowicz
The Indian Doctor explores the reactions of the residents of mining village Trefelin after their replacement GP turns out not to be quite what they expected. Dr Prem Sharma (Bhaskar) is the Indian doctor who arrives in the valleys in this daytime drama set in 1963.
But it's not just the locals who are surprised: Prem's regal wife Kamini isn't too happy with the situation either.
Bhaskar has written an article on the BBC TV blog in which he describes filming in Wales and working with his co-stars Ayesha Dharker (Kamini) and Mark Williams - who all starred together in the 2002 film Anita And Me.
He also describes how paying the Severn Bridge toll to enter Wales felt like entering a theme park, and how he enjoyed working on the project in Wales:
"There were so many highlights - it was probably the best telly experience I've had in the last five years. I tried to learn two Welsh words a day. Everyone from the make-up department to sound and cameras pitched in with suggestions - that was fun."
Read the rest of his blog article on the BBC TV Blog, and watch The Indian Doctor today at 2.15pm on BBC One Wales.
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