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The Indian Doctor: Filming in a Welsh village

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Sanjeev Bhaskar Sanjeev Bhaskar | 10:05 UK time, Monday, 15 November 2010

The Indian Doctor is about Prem Sharma, and his wife, Kamini, who arrive in Britain in the summer of 1963. Rather than the bright lights of London, they are posted to a small Welsh mining village, taking over from the previous doctor there, who has unexpectedly passed away.

There, they encounter the curious villagers and the local English colliery manager, Richard Sharpe. He is most worried about a missing diary, belonging to the previous doctor, that may have incriminating evidence against him, linking the awful conditions in his mine and unusually high rates of lung disease.

Sanjeev Bhaskar as Dr Prem Shama with his on-screen wife, Kamini Sharma, played by Ayesha Dharker

I first got involved after the producers Deep Sehgal and Tom Ware approached me about 18 months ago. I thought too that it would make a really watchable drama.

I was particularly drawn to the 1960s and that, historically, many doctors from the Commonwealth were invited to Britain to support the relatively new NHS.

Of greater irony was that it was Enoch Powell who was seen to be doing the inviting.

Many members of my family arrived here at that time, so I recalled their stories and plundered their memories to get an idea of the kind of attitudes they faced but more importantly, what their emotional responses were.

I also spoke with a retired Indian doctor who did arrive in the 1960s and practised in a Welsh village (where he still lives), which was invaluable.

The biggest problem, he told me, was understanding the accent (ironically!) and the colloquialisms the locals used. Most Indians had learned very traditional English and had only heard the Queen's English at that.

Though the story does involve race, I don't think it's about racism. It's more about curiosity and preconceptions.

I experienced a degree of racism, particularly when I was at school in west London but I got it from both sides - the Asians and the white kids. There was a lot of racial tension at the time.

Racism, though born mainly out of ignorance, is just another form of bullying. So anyone who's been victimised or intimidated for something that they have no control over, should be able to relate to that.

Mark Williams as mine manager Richard Sharpe in The Indian Doctor

The difference in our Welsh village is that it is small enough for people to get to know the Indian doctor and so even if people do have ignorant notions about him, the opportunity to dispel them is that much quicker.

The predominantly Welsh cast and crew seemed to have worked with each other many times before, especially on Welsh language dramas, so were very familiar with each other.

They were incredibly welcoming and warm towards me which made going into work every day a total pleasure. The crew were amongst the finest I've ever worked with.

I became aware of a collective approach to problem solving that doesn't happen very often in filming. Usually, different departments have to solve their own problems but here everyone pitched in.

I'd worked with Ayesha Dharker (Kamini) in a couple of movies and a mini-series and Mark Williams (Richard Sharpe) too. In fact all three of us were in Anita And Me.

Ayesha is one of the most instinctive and subtle actresses I've ever worked with so I always feel I have to raise my game with her. Mark is a man who can just about play anything. Supremely gifted, razor wit and annoyingly intelligent.

Off set, he's incredibly funny but also interested in everything. Having been involved with Harry Potter for the last 10 years, he's as comfortable conversing with kids as he is with grown ups. I think I fall somewhere between the two.

When you're filming, the script is a fairly organic thing (challenging to the writer!).

There are things that you discover aren't clear or don't work only when you get to the location or the set. Bill Armstrong had delivered a great script with lots of interconnected stories, the overwhelming majority of which is what we filmed.

Miners from Richard Sharpe's mine in The Indian Doctor

The most important thing is for the actors to own the dialogue so minor tweaks were made with the blessings of the directors (Tim Whitby, Deep Sehgal), sometimes on the day. This is normal though.

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.

No lowlights I can think of at all, but the 'oddlight' was driving to Cardiff from London and having to pay the toll when you cross the Severn Bridge. I couldn't shake the feeling that I was entering a giant theme park called Wales.

Daytime drama has always had an odd association to it. I suppose people immediately think of an Australian soap and assume that this can be the only tone.

However, recent compact dramas with strong writing and experienced actors, directors and writers such as Missing and Land Girls do suggest that the production values are much higher than merely a soap, which in itself suggests a production line approach to drama.

The main challenge for a daytime drama (apart from having to do everything on a miniscule budget compared to primetime dramas) is having to take into account the range of viewers that may be sitting in front of the box at that time of the day.

I record a lot of programmes, or watch them on iPlayer, so when they're on means a lot less to me than it used to. We would have, no doubt, approached some of the subject areas differently if the show was going out at 9pm, but I hope with the same charm and attention to detail.

I'm really proud to have been involved in such a collaborative, fun effort. All the credit goes to the people behind the cameras. Even the catering was great.

It was probably the most ego-free environment that I've worked in for ages, so perhaps proud is the wrong word. Privileged would be better.

Sanjeev Bhaskar plays Dr Prem Sharma in The Indian Doctor.

The Indian Doctor begins on Monday, 15 November at 2.15pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Further broadcasts are listed on the upcoming episodes page.

The Indian Doctor will return for a second series. You can read more about this announcement from Liam Keelan, controller of BBC daytime on the BBC TV blog.

The Indian Doctor is one of two programmes on BBC One to mark the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Swinging Sixties. Rewind The Sixties, presented by Lulu at 9.15am each weekday morning looks at the huge social change, creative innovation and historic importance that made the decade what it was.

Comments made by writers on the TV blog are their own opinions and not necessarily those of the BBC.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Normally I wouldn't see TV at 2.15 in the afternoon, this is a fantastic new series, I just wish it was on in the evening.

  • Comment number 2.

    Well Done BBC ! Another great series. Like Julieapp, I wish it was on in the evening, but understand the logic for the decision. Looking forward to the future episodes.

  • Comment number 3.

    As I also had day off from work today I put on television this afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the start of the new series The Indian Doctor.This series should be on in the evening so it could be enjoyed by more viewers.

  • Comment number 4.

    This was a promising start to a week of the series. The characters are well written and the period detail excellent. It should be evening viewing, but record it all, it should be worth it.

  • Comment number 5.

    Congratulations once again on an excellent programme - The indian Doctor. It brought back memories of my childhood in a village in Wales when we had our first doctor from abroad. As a youngster one of the questions I used to ask being an innocent infnnt was how did the doctor know when his hands were clean.

    A lot of your programmes bring back my memories of Wales e.g. going to Porthcawl for our annual coach trip, helping my grandfather, the village undertaker, as a youngster, delivering bread by horse and cart with my uncle, many fond memories. Thanks once again for an excellent programme

  • Comment number 6.

    I discovered this by accident as I'm usually at work - it almost made my chest infection worthwhile! Sanjeev is always a pleasure to watch and he is supported by an excellent cast. I don't understand why this is on in the afternoon as it would surely fit in well for the traditional Sunday night slot. Never mind, thanks to the iPlayer I'll still be able to watch it once I go back to work. Thanks BBC, looking forward to the DVD already!

  • Comment number 7.

    What a wonderful programme. So pleased I decided to record this as I thought my husband would enjoy it. We both loved it and are looking forward to the rest of the series. The cast and the characters are superb. Would be great for prime time viewing.
    How am I going to resist watching this until my Husband gets home from work?

  • Comment number 8.

    what a lovely heart warming programme, but why in the afternoon this needs to be a Sunday evening watch with the family. So pleased i am at home. Normally i would be at work but currently not well. Cant wait for the next one. Thank you BBC.

  • Comment number 9.

    I do not usually have time to watch daytime TV, however from the previous trailers about The Indian Doctor, the series intrigued me. I was not disappointed - the acting, characters, setting, story-line, and time-frame are just perfect. So different, refreshing and a great change from the weary repetitions of the like-minded series, Heartbeat. What a pity though this is not on at dinner/prime-time so my husband and I can watch this together - I am sure he would like the series... any chance of showing this Sunday afternoons, if the BBC cannot show this at a later time during the week????
    More please!
    Angela

  • Comment number 10.

    Wonderful characters, well written, and acted beautifully. No idea what the thought was by putting this on for afternoon viewers, it would work for evening viewers. However, I will make sure I don't miss an episode! I was born in 1961, and lived in a small village near the welsh borders, and near a coal mine, I don't remember it being so dated, or as old fashioned as the programme depicts. Or is that just my age these days? Still a joy to watch, and I look forward to more.

  • Comment number 11.

    The Indian Doctor is a really brilliant drama. I would have nearly missed it as I am normally working. A friend had seen the advert and told me to Sky +. I look forward to watching it. Downton Abbey has finished and we need these excellent dramas. Look forward to more of the same.

  • Comment number 12.

    A refreshing series, hopefully it'll be aired again at a later time when lots more people will be able to enjoy it. Well done BBC.

  • Comment number 13.

    The Indian Doctor is a really brilliant programme. I only hope that there is not just going to be 5 and its a pilot for a long series in the evenings - we certainly need it. I can't wait for tomorrow's episode and I am taping them to watch again and again. Thanks BBC at last some decent progs.

  • Comment number 14.

    This is going to be a riveting series. Well done BBC and Saneet.

  • Comment number 15.

    I recently complained to the BBC about the standard of daytime tv and suddenly I had Land Girls and now the wonderful Indian Doctor. This is the kind of quality I expect from the BBC and would like to thank everyone involved for so much genuine entertainment.

  • Comment number 16.

    A real treat to watch ... many thx

  • Comment number 17.

    I am afraid this series - which I had looked forward to watching - is a big disappointment. The story is cliched and the dialogue clunky. Even the humour is very lame indeed. And I am not sure that Sanjeev Bhaskar is the best actor for this role - his accent drifts all over the place. He is an intelligent and sensitive performer, and I'd be amazed if he didn't share some of these worries.

  • Comment number 18.

    Another wonderful drama from the Beeb, which should be shown in an evening. Something like 19.30 hrs on a Sunday. Doctors also should be shown in an evening, there is a need for mild mannered drama in our evening schedules.
    I am loving the acting in "The Indian Doctor", it is comfortable viewing and for those of us of a certain age, a gentle reminder of our youth.
    Thankyou BBC.

  • Comment number 19.

    This deserves better than daytime.

  • Comment number 20.

    excellent drama kept watching the clock, did'nt want it to finish well done!

  • Comment number 21.

    I have been fortunate enough to have two days off work. I have been watching The Indian Doctor and what an excellent programme it is. I cannot for the life of me understand why this is on in the afternoon as in my opinion it would be more than suitable for prime time TV instead of the load of drivel that is usually on. I am very sad that I cannot watch it anymore this week.

  • Comment number 22.

    Caught the second episode & loved it! Really surprised that it isn't a typical afternoon programme. It is excellent & I'll watch the rest with interest!

  • Comment number 23.

    I really hope they make this into a series, it's really good and makes me want to watch the next day's episode straight away. Also it would be great on a Sunday evening to fill the void left by Heartbeat.

  • Comment number 24.

    The Indian Doctor I am really enjoying, I think that you have a good range of different characters.

    The actors are exceptionally good, also I love the 60s feel which also includes the background music, I think it will appeal to a lot of people, is there any chance this could be put into a series?

    Congratulations to all who worked on this drama, this is the BBC at its best, and I am looking forward to watching the rest during the coming week.

  • Comment number 25.

    I have so far watched the first two episides of this fine drama, I am enjoying it very much. The casting is excellent as is the storyline and direction.I am a huge fan of Sanjeev Bhask and have enjoyed much of his work to date. Congratulations all round, an excellent program.

  • Comment number 26.

    I think the Indian Doctor is absolutely brilliant and should be prime time. We need good programmes like this with brilliant actors and less reality TV.

  • Comment number 27.

    The Indian Doctor - fantastic - another great drama

  • Comment number 28.

    I caught the Indian Doctor by chance 'working from home' whilst waiting for a delivery. I'm not a daytime tv person but I found this a fantastic watch - Sanjeev and Ayesha are brilliant in these roles. My parents came to this country in the 1960's and some of the scenarios are very reminiscent of the stories they have told me. Would love to see this on in the evening as I'll miss the rest. Someone tell me what happens!

  • Comment number 29.

    The Indian Doctor is a great comedy drama series which deserves peak time viewing. The story lines and script are slick and the cast help depict the early post war years with great nostalgia.

  • Comment number 30.

    Brilliant drama, just wish it was on in the evening. Hopefully there will be more than one series of five episodes.

  • Comment number 31.

    Absolutely brilliant. Off work at present with a broken leg so television is proving to be a distraction. This is by far the best thing on daytime television and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the programmes.

  • Comment number 32.

    INDIAN DOCTOR WELL WORTH WATCHING AT LAST SOME THING TO WATCH .DRAMA AND FUNNY GREAT WATCH

  • Comment number 33.

    It has been a long time since I have watched a TV programme and not wanted it to end, and this one does just that, congratulations on a superb series, will there be another and can we have it repeated in the evening please....

  • Comment number 34.

    What a fantastic show!, I came upon it by accident and feel it is a great shame that it is not shown in the evenings. It whas the same nostalgic feeling as Heartbeat but would,I feel, apeal to a wider audience.

  • Comment number 35.

    I am really enjoying this new series having seen just two episodes so far. It's the best thing I've seen Sanjeev in, his character is warm and believable and I think it really suits him to play a straight drama role that isn't just comedy for a change.

  • Comment number 36.

    What a wonderfully fascinating story,. I hope it can be made into a longer series like Doc Martin, It kind of reminds me of Heartbeat with the 1960's theme. I agree with other comments that it would go down well in an evening slot.
    It must have been quite a culture shock for people coming to live in a strange country for the first time, not only having to put up with our much colder weather but a completely different culture, then meeting the most terrible rascism from some people.
    My partners parents are from Indian descent, althought they came over here from Jamaica in the 1960's. I believe his parents parents left India for a better life in Jamaica originally, I didn't know but apparently there are quite a lot of Indian Jamaicans in Jamaica, as well as the African Jamaicans.
    Come on BBC don't let a brilliant program like this go to waste!!!
    Thank you Sanjeev and team we want more.
    Sue

  • Comment number 37.

    What a brilliant series this has turned out to be. I have just watched the second episode and already am looking forward to the next one. It is not only wonderful drama but is almost an historical window on the world of the early sixties. One great bit of information which came out of episode one is that the Minister of Health who invited all the Asian doctors and nurses to come to Britain to work for the NHS was one Mr Enoch Powell; I wonder whether he purposely kept that fact quiet when he was later demanding forced repatriation of black minorities. Hmmm. Not a lot changes. But regardless of the historical value of this drama it is brilliant drama and Sanjeet is his usual sparkling self.

  • Comment number 38.

    Excellent work wonderful programme, I enjoy this drama very much it's what the B.B.C are good at.It deserves a prime time slot on Sunday evening. Please dont let it end with just five episodes, we have had a taste and want more.

  • Comment number 39.

    What a shame this wonderful program is being shown in the afternoon. Luckily, being clobbered by an awful cold have had the opportunity to watch. The production team have done really well with setting the scene...back to the early 60's....Can't be easy! Only exception was on todays program when the doctors car broke down. Once repaired, and on their way, the camera pans out, only to reveal, if only a fleeting glimpse through the trees, of heavy traffic! Shame, with all the hard work that they didn't think to edit that out.
    Here's hoping that soon the prog is re-sheduled to the evenings. Looking forward to a DVD.

  • Comment number 40.

    I think this is a fantastic programme, the Dr is cool,the Pit manager a pure gem to watch. In fact all the characters are very well done,the look on the womans face when she catches the young couple at the door priceless

  • Comment number 41.

    Well done, a worthwhile programme at last. Why is this shown in the afternoon? We need some quality prime time viewing, surely some of the other programmes could be moved around in the evening to make room for something worth watching. I hope another series will be made, this could be the new 'Heartbeat'!!!

  • Comment number 42.

    Luckily (!) I am really poorly with a chest infection so am off work - I say luckily because otherwise I would not have caught sight or even bothered with this exceptional series - to say it is a delight is an understatement - it far exceeds some of the rubbish we have on all channels on a Saturday evening - this one would keep me in in a Saturday evening - it is superb - Prem and his wife are also a sheer delight - what a beauty Kamini is and the locals would be charned by Prem - fantastic - thank you - one of hte best things I have seen in a long time

  • Comment number 43.

    At last, telly licence money well spent!

    I'm pleased to see so many calling for this to be aired in the evenings as that is precisely why I logged on and registered minutes ago. Like Mrs Pud, I'm hoping this is a pilot for an on-going series. While I'm privileged to work from home and have no problem taking a 45 minute break to watch, I would still love to see this as an on-going evening series. It's excellent and I can't remember watching a comedy/drama that made me smile so much in a very, very long time. It makes me think too, which is always a welcome thing.

    Sanjeev Bhaskar is always a joy to watch and Ayesha Dharker is one of the most beautiful and talented actresses on television. I love her eyes and expressive face. I'm also loving the rest of the talented cast and their musical Welsh accents. And the music is perfect! I can't praise this program enough and again... please, please make it an on-going evening series! Thank you in advance... ~wink~

  • Comment number 44.

    Having been ill recently I have found myself watching more than usual daytime TV and being a major fan of Sanjeev (having worked for himself and Meera at home) I was absolutely spellbound to see the dramatic skills and talents of Mr Bhaskar playing this part as Dr Prem. The script is a wonderful script and at times extremely moving and it is one of the best dramas (daytime or primetime) that I have seen for a long time!!!Keep up the good work sanjeev and all of the very talented team,!! Well done the BBC.

  • Comment number 45.

    what a brilliant progamme great to see something pleasant to watch should be on prime time in evenings or sunday evening,, to sanjeev and the rest of cast excellent .. hope there's more than just 5( please say there is) well done bbc 1

  • Comment number 46.

    The Indian Doctor.
    This is a fantastic series, and hope it goes on for years to come, best series for a long time well done BBC

  • Comment number 47.

    I think that it's an absolute disgrace that the BBC have not screened this programme at mainstream viewing times - by marginalising this superb programme that represents and exposes the English Imperialism and the suppression of the Welsh and Indian nations only adds to the cultural and diversity tokenism that the BBC supports and role models. It's absolutely extraordinary that you're getting away with it!

    What a fantastic look at our shared lives in Britain and how the media and the politicians manipulate social diversities to support their prejudiced ideologies. The script, the actors and the acting and the tears that are yet to come are remarkable.

    Treat your audience with more respect and intelligence that you currently afford them. It is not a lifestyle choice. Come out of government control - coalition or not!

  • Comment number 48.

    What a show!! As a Welsh lass living in London this programme had me in tears of laughter!! It reminded me so much of home in the 'olden days' and its so true to the way of the wonderful Wesl simplicity of life, yet shows the loving and comical side of them perfectly!! Sanjeev and his beautiful wife make this show so worth watching!!! Its just a pity we didn't get doctors as handsome as him in Wales in the 60's thats for sure!!
    WELL DONE BBC!!

  • Comment number 49.

    haven't been working for a while due to illness,and came across this show and must say i have been in joying it,not typically my kind of taste and growing up in n,Ireland during the troubles not one i could tell my mates to watch they would make me wear a dress,But i agree with someone else who wrote on this it belongs on a prime time slot,maybe every Sunday,i hope this show keeps running i hope the sick miner gets better and the doc's feisty wife stays because it looks as if its heading in another direction in which i hope it doesn't,and it show no matter what religion colour or culture we all are still human,keep it going great show.

  • Comment number 50.

    What a brilliant series.Well written and very well acted. Reminds me of long past BBC series and would love to see it get prime time. Well done everyone involved

  • Comment number 51.



    I love this ---The Indian Doctor. Really dont know why it hasnt been put on prim time TV? Its excellant. The acting is really good, everyone perfect in their part.Great story line. Love the music.

    I dont normally watch TV at this time of day, just recovering from an operation :( Feeling much better now

    Im so pleased I just happened to see the interview about this show on early morning television and thought it looked good. So pleased I have taped it too. I loved Downton Abbie but to be honest Im enjoying this just as much. Should be on a Sunday before the dancing or when X factor is on. I know which one I would watch.

  • Comment number 52.

    The Indian Doctor,the cast are fantastic,the storyline is great.What a marvellously conceived idea.Give it a bigger budget and change the screening time to evening.The B.B.C have produced a ratings winner.

  • Comment number 53.

    PLEASE TELL US THAT THIS IS GOING TO E AVAILABLE ON DVD BBC!!! xxx

  • Comment number 54.

    A great series so far and I'm already having visions of this series having a very long run just like the "darlig buds of may or last of the summer wine"!!
    Sanjeev this part suits you with your "quirky" sense of humour interjected by your serious acting lol!! And Kamini...you're brilliant as ever with your acting and so refreshing to see sarees that are so well presented on you with your beautiful smile .. Keep it up guys or as they say in the local lingo...O Chak dhe phatey!!

  • Comment number 55.

    Excellent program, no doubt this will be very popular. The doctors English is too English (or too British) ie, not the language of a newly arrived educated Indian. Should be screened in the evening "twice weekly after evening meal"

  • Comment number 56.

    Absolutely brilliant! As a Welsh child of the 60s I can relate to all of the characters and the sayings - some of which will go over the heads of those not familar with the Welsh way of life. It is both funny and moving. I am recording it so that my partner can watch it. I'm hoping it's a pilot for a longer running series as I believe there is a lot more mileage in this brilliantly acted cracking Welsh drama. Thanks Beeb!

  • Comment number 57.

    Great TV BBC. Set in the 60's, I think the Indian Doctor drama is pure excellence.I love everyone in it but the one thing I dislike, is that it doesn't last long enough and is also on at an awkward time. But I don't care. I watch it, tossing up between grabbing those few extra moments on the settee or jumping in the car to head for school, because it's at that time of day I should be picking up my daughter. She hates missing it but I tell her what's going on. Because I'm a bit late at school she's managed to twist my arm, persuaded me to buy the DVD. Which is great for me too because I get to watch it all over again. Thanks.

    jaoquingazer

  • Comment number 58.

    I really love this drama. Wonderful and well done to all the actors, writers and producers, got a winner there, may it run for years. About time we had more good Dramas.

  • Comment number 59.

    This is a excellent drama - I don't want to miss an episode - hope there is going to be a follow up soon?

  • Comment number 60.

    The first two episodes have been fantastic! I was born and bred in Southall, in the year of Indian independence and I have visited India many times in connection with my job as an engineer. The sixties music and cars also are nostalgic for me, in the same sort of way as in Heartbeat,(although that was on the other side). Looking forward to the next three episodes this week and then to the repeats.

  • Comment number 61.

    Being Eid, I had the day off and caught the second episode by chance. What an amazing treat. I've just iPlayer'd the first episode and can't wait to watch the next episodes - will have to watch them via iPlayer as usually at work. Sanjeev Bhaskhar and Ayesha Dharkar are amazing actors and the other characters are so rich, interesting and funny!
    The stories are so reminiscent of when my father came as a doctor in the late seventies and takes me back to a time when GP practices were the heart of the community and doctors were part of the community too.
    Fantastic work BBC! Hope this continues!

  • Comment number 62.

    I've really enjoyed watching the first two episodes of The Indian Doctor and am surprised this hasn't been shown on Sunday evenings. I love the main characters and it's so nice to watch something really different for a change - what a good idea for a series! I do hope they make more programmes in the future.

  • Comment number 63.

    brilliant series, needs to be shown to a bigger audience , it certainly brings back the memories

  • Comment number 64.

    Absolutly superb series, you must make more than five and put it on prime time, it will definatly be a massive HIT.

  • Comment number 65.

    Watched The Indian Doctor on Iplayer last night beacuse I am at work in the afternoons. I thought it looked good & I wasnt dissappointed - what a brilliant drama! cant wait to see the other episodes.
    Why are the BBC not showing this on prime time its ridiculous, as there are many people who are not able to watch tv in the afternoon, and will miss out.

  • Comment number 66.

    I am really enjoying The Indian Doctor, have been a fan of Sanjeev for many years now. Wish the series would carry on for longer.. BBC get the hint? Next time please show in the evenings, this deserves prime time airing.

  • Comment number 67.

    I totally agree with the other comments, this is turning out to be a "cracking" series although i think it would go down well on prime time tv. We should have more series like this instead of the awful Strictly Come Dancing that seems to have been on the tv for months now and other reality tv shows.

  • Comment number 68.

    Loving it, Loving it, Loving it, Loving it,
    Should be on in the evening! "Why isn't it?"
    Will there be another series? "I Hope So"

  • Comment number 69.

    Can only "ditto" everything already said. Given the dross on TV at the moment it's nice to watch something with actors playing characters instead of so called "celebrities" making fools of themselves. It SHOULD definitely be given an evening slot so more people can enjoy it. I also watched Land Girls and Missing and enjoyed these as well. Such a waste to have these programmes on mid-afternoon.

  • Comment number 70.

    Very authentic depiction of the feelings of Indian facing a cultural challenge.
    Just to comment on keeping up with the 1960s. Kamini is listening to a song from movie released in 1975!! How did time fly so quickly?

  • Comment number 71.

    Wonderful,fantastic what an excellent series. Please make this a permanent ongoing weekly series that could run as long as Heartbeat did.

  • Comment number 72.

    Brilliant, congratulations to cast and crew and hope there's more to come. As for those who think it's 'wasted' and 'ridiculous' not to be on at prime time, some of us licence-payers at home during the day would like to watch drama rather than selling/buying junk and property programmes. Suggest you record or use i-player!

  • Comment number 73.

    Fantastic programe!! Like many who have made comments I came across this quite by accident but so glad I have. Hope after the 5 scheduled shows there will be many more!!

  • Comment number 74.

    What a great show...BBC finally got something right for daytime TV...but deserves to be an ongoing series for nightime family viewing.
    There's so much rubbish on....Eastenders open for all ages to watch =shows promiscuity, adultery, murders, liars, thieves,vioence, goodness knows what else.
    Apparently allowed due to no bad language - how sad
    The Indian Doctor is a wonderful show.. thanks

  • Comment number 75.

    I am really enjoying this new series and gives me fond memories of living back in the Rhondda in the 60's. It captures marvellously the humour and insatiable curiousity of those "valley" people - absolutely hilarious. Would it be possible to write more info on the website about where the series was filmed and the background research carried out. And please repeat prime time - I'll be getting the DVD as a Christmas present if it comes out on time!

  • Comment number 76.

    Amagingly Brrrrrriiiiiiilllllliiiiiiant. Never posted anyting on blogs until I saw this wonderful programme which made me register to comment. will pass it on to friends aswell.

  • Comment number 77.

    Like so many I rarely watch Daytime TV other than for politics and news. However, having read the review of Indian Doctor I just had to set the recorder. I have not been disappointed. It is excellent in every way and I'm sure would make ideal Sunday evenig viewing. Well done BBC and well done the cast; especially Sanjeev Bhaskar and Ayesha Dharker.
    BernieS

  • Comment number 78.

    The Indian Doctor drama is brilliant. Like most of the commentators, I wish the BBC showed this excellent drama at prime time.I did, however, found 2 mistakes in the first episodes.The first was that whereas the Vesta packet was beef curry, the Sharmas were offered chicken curry.The second mistake was to offer the Hindu (Sharma is a north Indian brahmin surname) couple beef curry.Hindus do not eat beef. Actually most Hindus are vegetarians.

  • Comment number 79.

    What a brilliant series even though I have only seen the first two episodes so far. Was not keen on the main actress when she was in Coronation St but she is perfect in this. How marvelous that we have something interesting to watch during the daytime although mornings would personally suit me better. Keep it up BBC :)

  • Comment number 80.

    I heard this program was coming on and decided to tape each day so I wouldnt miss it,wasnt sure what it would be like but I love it as its funny and the drama is brilliant and the actor who plays Dr Sharma is very good in the role,he has played in many things and is a very good actor and funny,he can turn his hand at anything he plays,hope this will carry on as many years as Heartbeat did,the music and the 60s feel is great and like many others bring back memories of when I was a little girl.

  • Comment number 81.

    This programme is high quality.I wish it was on a sunday evening rather than a weekday.Hope there is a series as this is very enjoyable .Well done to all who made this programme and the actors who fit the role to perfection.

  • Comment number 82.

    My 17 year old son and I taped yesterday's episode of The Indian Doctor and thoroughly enjoyed it - we are looking forward to watching the remaining epidodes this week and hope that it is to become a regular, weekly series?

  • Comment number 83.

    OMG!!! This programme is brilliant. I cannot believe it is on Daytime TV. I would love to sit and watch this at 9pm in the evenings. Brilliant storyline, acting and well researched. I have to work tomorrow and Friday, so I will record this. THANK YOU BBC ........ Sanjeev, you are SOOO good in this, please can we have some more!!!!!

  • Comment number 84.

    I saw the trails for this programme last week and, since I work during the day, decided to set the VCR to tape it. I'm not sorry! This is one of the freshest, most original and best shows to come along in YEARS. Acting and direction are top-notch. My only criticism is that the writers have developed a somewhat schizophrenic approach to the character of Prem's wife. One minute she's desperate to leave the village, the next she's experimenting in the kitchen. One minute she tells Prem they don't belong there, the next she's taking a local boy under her wing and teaching him to read. But this is a minor gripe. Shame on you, BBC, for giving this series a daytime slot. This show deserves a wider audience and is perfectly suited for Sunday nights. Please consider bringing it back in a better for those of us who have to work during the day ... and please keep it as fresh and original as it is right now.

  • Comment number 85.

    Wow the best t.v i have seen in ages,should be prime time,best daytime t.v EVER!! i love it well done

  • Comment number 86.

    Great programme but was there really jet lines criss crossing the sky in 1963? I don't think so!

    I agree that it should be prime time

  • Comment number 87.

    I've thoroughly enjoyed watching The Indian Doctor, the acting is excellent and the scenery is stunning. I live in Blaenavon where parts of it were filmed and the transformation of the shops is amazing. Well done BBC! I sincerely hope there will be more series of The Indian Doctor

  • Comment number 88.

    If this is television on a shoestring, let's have more of it.
    The gentle humour, the quality of the acting: I hope we can look forward to another series, maybe scheduled for prime time, so more license-payers can see how well the BBC is spending their money.
    Congratulations to everyone involved!

  • Comment number 89.

    Just caught up with The Indian Doctor. Brilliant series. Hope it doesnt finish on Friday.

  • Comment number 90.

    What a wonderful series The Indian Doctor is I really hope this can be made into a full peaktime show.The music is wonderful beautiful views and brilliant acting.
    Just one thing left to say....Please sir can we have some more

  • Comment number 91.

    This has to be one of the best programmes on the BBC. I'm not usually compelled to comment on T.V entertainment but credit where credit is due The Indian Doctor is FANTASTIC. BBC - THIS is you at your best!

  • Comment number 92.

    I have been watching this program this week and wish it was a longer series. It is very entertaining and the actors are perfect in the parts. Why is it on so early though, it would be great at prime time. So many would enjoy it! Please make a new season.

  • Comment number 93.

    Have been able to record the Indian Doctor whilst at work, absolutely love it. I agree with everyone who thinks it should be on prime time, yes please make some more
    after Friday!

  • Comment number 94.

    Wonderful Drama. I was at the Heritage Park Trehafod a few month ago when a drama was being filmed. We could not find out what the drama was. Now I know... It was worth waiting for. Well done!

  • Comment number 95.

    We are not daily TV watchers, so we recorded the Indian Doctor. We thoroughly enjoyed it and are sorry that it finishes after 5 episodes. Really this is something with a lot more scope for the future. Please make some more.

  • Comment number 96.

    Only 5 episodes!!!!
    Please record more & also why not give it the old Sunday 5.00/5.30 evening time slot OR even better 8.00pm Sunday so everyone can enjoy it.

  • Comment number 97.

    I am really enjoying this and hope its brought out on DVD. Sanjeev Bhaskar is brilliant in the role can't wait for the next installment.

  • Comment number 98.

    Dear Sanjeev.

    What a wonderful surprise! At home with flu on Monday, nothing to look forward to but boring daytime tv, and then this wonderful series comes on. Great cast and acting, great story. Why isn't it in a prime time slot for working people to enjoy as well.
    Who knows, maybe I'll have to be at home all week and will see the whole lot.:)

    Thanks to all

  • Comment number 99.

    Absolutely loving it. feel like want to watch more...cant wait. Why does the BBC not forecast this in primetime ?. They dont know where to put their money obviously. with somany peple loving it it will have a good TRP and fetch money to BBC to prodruce more quality drama like this. Please leave more comments so that the BBC will listen to people who pay them with hard earned money.

    Wow just cant stop praising this one. I should say hats off to the actors and the director specifically.

  • Comment number 100.

    I have not read all the posts but if the bbc does not listen to everyone and put this on a sunday night they all want shaking up more of the brilliant show and superb actors and the stunning ayesha

 

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