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Sanjeev Bhaskar Sanjeev Bhaskar | 11:06 UK time, Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Firstly a massive and humble thank you to all those who watched series one of The Indian Doctor. With just under two million viewers and a couple of awards, it far exceeded all our expectations and the reception enabled us to get together to make series two.

I certainly read and appreciated every one of the 427 comments on the post I wrote about the first series - one of the most commented upon programmes on this blog! So thank you again for taking the time and effort to make your views known.

Series two finds us back in the fictional Welsh mining village a year later - in 1964. Dr Prem Sharma and his wife Kamini have settled into Trefelin life.

Dr Prem Sharma (Sanjeev Bhaskar) stands beside a car outside the shops in Trefelin

Sanjeev Bhaskar as Dr Prem Sharma

Gina, the doctor's receptionist, is struggling to hold down her job with a baby in tow. Tom, the father, has gone to London to try his hand at becoming a pop star.

A new addition to the village is Reverend Todd and his rebellious teenage daughter Verity. He's recently returned from ministering in Africa and she's reluctantly visiting from her boarding school in Richmond, Surrey.

Added to the mix and much to Kamini's delight, is the arrival from India of Pushpa, her mother, though "delight" is probably not the word that Prem would use.

Prem readies himself to deal with his daily surgeries and daily admonishments from his mother-in-law, when a case of dreaded smallpox is discovered in the village.

All eyes turn accusingly to the latest arrival, Pushpa. Has she brought death to the valleys?

There was a major outbreak of smallpox in South Wales in the early 1960s and that's what we broadly based our story on - though our dramatic conclusions are fictional.

There's probably a little more drama in this series than the first, though we hope you all enjoy the lighter moments.

One of the many delights in making the series is the soundtrack. I'm a big fan of the music of the time and as an ardent Elvis admirer, it was great to hear Devil In Disguise playing in the background of episode three when Verity (Naomi Battrick) and Dafydd (Rhys Ap William) are enjoying each other's company on the sofa.

Also listen out during the series for the cracking original version of Tainted Love by Gloria Jones and Screamin' Jay Hawkins' I Put A Spell On You. I could bore you further but the music is all listed for you on The Indian Doctor episode pages... I'll be interested to know what your favourite tracks are.

We were fortunate to have most of the old cast and crew back, so it felt very much like a class reunion.

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Prem's mother-in-law Pushpa arrives

The genius that is Ray Orton was back with his camera team as was Venita Gribble, the production designer. It's down to them that the production looks as good as it does on such a modest budget.

Though it did rain an awful lot more in Blaenavon this year than it did last time, and up in the hills was much colder too!

In fact, a tiny bit of trivia: In the above clip of the opening scene of episode one when Prem and Kamini are standing at the train station, Ayesha and I both had hot water bottles standing by, which were rushed in as soon as the director shouted "Cut!".

Ah, the glamour of it all.

I hope you enjoy spending a little more time with all the characters and the village, at least as much, if not more than last time.

Diolch yn fawr. Cariad, Sanjeev

(Thank you very much. Love, Sanjeev)

Sanjeev Bhaskar plays Dr Prem Sharma in The Indian Doctor.

Series two of The Indian Doctor is on daily at 2.15pm on BBC One and BBC One HD from Monday, 27 February to Friday, 2 March.

The whole series will be available to watch and download in iPlayer until Friday, 9 March. For further programme times please see the episode guide.

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

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Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    This has to be one of the best shows on tv in a long time and I have no doubt that the ratings would be through the roof if it was on later in the day

  • Comment number 2.

    Very much enjoyed S1 and S2 is looking just as good albeit not as comedic so far. Its rather unfortunate the new arrivals appear by train to this small fictional welsh valley - since many of these valley lines had, by 1964, been long since closed by Dr. Beeching. Nevertheless, its a darned good series and a huge thanks to all involved in making this marvellous oasis in what is otherwise the drivel of Daytime TV.

  • Comment number 3.

    I am enjoying this new series especially as my daughter is married to an "Indian doctor" in Wales! But more so because I was vaccinated against smallpox in East London around 1963 and remember the fear that engulfed people when the outbreak began. It may be low budget but sometimes this can be an advantage as the plot can be more realistic and not so unbelievable as to be unwatchable like dare I say Eastenders. Sanjeev is a delight in the role of village doctor but I sincerely hope he remains faithful to his lovely wife as it would have been unthinkable at the time for him to stray. I think this series will be successful if it remains more like a fly on the wall documentary than a soap. Well done everyone, especially filming on location with such wonderful scenery. A lovely day time watch.

  • Comment number 4.

    Brilliant series. The best on TV right now.

  • Comment number 5.

    What another fab series. Having had an indian doctor all 36 years that I lived in wales, this drama brings back many memories. It is lovely to see the welsh valleys and hear the welsh accents that i so miuss since leaving the valley some 11 years ago. Wales will always have a special place in my heart.
    I am pleased to see that Sanjeev is learning some of the language which is more than I did. This series is the highlight of my day. Long may it continue x

  • Comment number 6.

    Loving this new drama - would be better shown on Sunday evenings rather than Upstairs Downstairs. Sanjeev Bhasker plays this role superbly, as always.

  • Comment number 7.

    Excellent programme.Acting first class.45 minutes is not long enough.Can`t wait for next episode.Well done BBC.

  • Comment number 8.

    I've actually created an online account for the first time to comment on this amazing show. I loved the first series and the second one is turning out to be just as good. Great cast, good storylines. Everything works. Congratulations on a future classic.

  • Comment number 9.

    One of the best programmes currently on TV. Please move to prime time so that more people can enjoy it too!!! :D

  • Comment number 10.

    A lovely series. Well done all involved. I think it would work well in prime time too.

  • Comment number 11.

    I loved the first series and I am loving the second series even more because I have had to leave my dear South Wales to live in Cheshire and series 2 brings me to back temporarily to my beloved place. It is, of course, a big bonus when one can claim a member of the cast as a dear friend! Even though series 2 is still rolling, I am already looking forward to series 3.

  • Comment number 12.

    A superb series that deserves to be moved to peak viewing times. Full of observations of human behaviour, misconceptions and comedy.

  • Comment number 13.

    First and foremost, it's another terrific series.

    Secondly, the music is great, some of the best records of the sixties.

    HOWEVER!!! These were not the records that would have been common in 1964 in that community and so they rather undercut the reality of the programme.

    Apart from clearly anachronistic records like Marvin Gaye's version of Grapevine (even the original by Gladys Knight was three years away), the sad fact is that at that time, at most a small community in the London area (and perhaps the major cities of the north) would have had access to American R&B records. You had to listen to American Forces Network and if you actually wanted the records you needed to go to a seedy little cellar in Soho called Transat Imports.

    People in the Valleys would have been listening to the likes of Freddy and the Dreamers, the Dave Clark Five or Billy J Kramer - it was all too horrible and, apart from the reality aspect, I am glad you're not playing them.

    Still, it's a great series.

    richard cooper

  • Comment number 14.

    This is a wonderful series to complement the first series. The scenery is stunning, and it reminds me of my holidays when I was a nipper, and we used to spend 4 weeks every year with my grandparents in Aberdare. I know it's not yet half over, but I'd be interested to know if there are any plans to make a third series.

  • Comment number 15.

    As was the first series,this again is BBC at it's best in comedy/drama.If anything the story line is better,and those of my generation(born during the war) will well remember the smallpox outbreak.The characters and their actors are superb,I'm even warming to Owen Griffiths. More please BBC
    I think now deserves a prime time evening slot

  • Comment number 16.

    Loving the new series - it celebrates diverse humanity rather like Call The Midwife does but it is only on in the afternoons and not repeated!!! Surely this would be getting viewing figures like the aforementioned CTM if it was on in the evening?

    The subject of the Smallpox outbreak is powerful - especially as we rural dwellers went through Foot & Mouth Disease in 2001 and a human pandemic is expected by all the experts... It won't be suspicion of the vaccine that will be the problem though - there won't even be a vaccine most likely! FMD is the most infectious virus known to human or animal medicine - and the 2001 type was not the most infectious FMD virus by any means. Its storm and the government's response demonstrated how people cannot readily understand what they are up against and the government will just press ahead with what it has in the Plans. My worry is that the lovely, ordinary, decnet people of our country will be left in the dark as the government has decided not to worry the people by even suggesting that we lay in 6 months of non-perishable stores and have a bit of a plan re fuel, vital health care (e.g. medicines on a prescription longer than 28 days and dialysis away from hospitals) and communication with friends and family. Perhaps this charming but gentle series will be a nudge to make a few people think? (BTW I would much rather die of 'flu than smallpox but having had the type of Dysentery that killed so many men in the trenches in WW1 (whilst holidaying in the Med) I know that for those who are ill with these ghastly diseases death is actually welcome - it is the survivors who will really suffer...
    Hope there is another series - and Kamini is so beautiful when she is happier!

  • Comment number 17.

    We love this series. It is charming and full of life. The scenary is breathtaking and music certainly has us tapping our feet. As Indians we identify very much with the experiences you show. I am a Christian Minister - have you ever thought about doing a programme about an Indian Vicar or Evangelsit (like my self)?

  • Comment number 18.

    Thoroughly enjoying the second series. Another BBC drama beauty of a series that is being kept hidden away at this ridiculous time of broadcasting. C'mon Beeb give it a decent airing time!

    Great cast and production. And, if like Sanjeev's says, it is being made on a modest budget, then lets have more of it.

  • Comment number 19.

    The first series was FANTASTIC and the second series continues the high standard of comedy/drama. The cast are brilliant making the characters so endearing,I have to say I'm totally loving Pushpa-reminds me of my grandmother, kind but has a definite opinion! So glad to see this series back. This is BBC at its best!

  • Comment number 20.

    Never signed on before, but really enjoying the series, should be on prime time. The scene of the building you used for the Sanitorium brought back so many memories, it was a factory on the Treforest Industrial Estate Pontypridd called Copigraph, where I worked in the office after leaving school 50 years ago, it was a thrill to see it again. The factory made Typewriter Ribbons and Carbon Paper a thing of the past. Thanks for a really good show.

  • Comment number 21.

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  • Comment number 22.

    Wow what a fantastic series. Have thoroughly enjoyed series 1 and series 2 lives up to its expectations.
    Have posted it on Facebook so many of my friends even those in US won't miss it as its on inlayer.

    Well done sanjeev and the team.

    This series in my opinion has not been adequately advertised as I only accidentally(luckily) came across it.

  • Comment number 23.

    Why does the sign on the Trefellin Stores spell CONFECTIONERY incorrectly as CONFECTIONARY, is this a spelling peculiar unto Wales?

  • Comment number 24.

    Once again the BBC does what it is best at - good drama. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the first series and were delighted to see the second series advertised. We have been enjoying this second series and will be sorry to see it end. Lets have another series commisioned as soon as possible and please air this and the first series at prime time. Congratulations to all the wonderful cast.

  • Comment number 25.

    Really enjoying the second series of The Indian Doctor. BBC Please make another series and think seriously about showing it as prime time TV - it is worthy of being introduced to far more people! Thanks very much to all concerned.

  • Comment number 26.

    What a treat!

    My son was off school ill and so after lunch we switched on to watch Doctors, expecting to be settling down afterwards to repeats of Murder She Wrote or Diagnosis Murder (both I hasten to add are great on the rare occasions that I am not at work). We were immediately drawn into the drama and although I had to return to work the next day, my husband took over childcare and experienced exactly the same reaction. Unfortunately for my son, he returned to school today but he made sure that he recorded today's episode. He was mortified to discover that it had only recorded the first 46 seconds! Thanks to i-player he can catch up, but what a shame that the series is so short. We now have to find the first series!
    Are there any plans to re-run both series in a Sunday evening slot?

    Great family viewing. Great music. Series 3....?

    From an appreciative mother and her 9 yr old.

  • Comment number 27.

    Croesawu yn ol i cymru Sanjeev /Welcome back to wales Sanjeev and I hope your welcome and enjoyment of working here are as good as it was on your first series here. As everyone says of course this delightful series SHOULD be on at prime time and not mixed up in the drivel that parades as daytime t.v. imagine if someone found this series in their daytime attic it would be worth its wieght in gold at auction. Many thanks to ALL involved. Diolch

  • Comment number 28.

    they should do something for Comic Relief or children in need it be funny a 2 part or a clip of 1 made for comic relief

  • Comment number 29.

    loved the Z Cars tune in todays show when the policeman was chasing the train and would also like to post about those picking holes in the story re the music ....who care's just watch it for the sake of watching a really good piece of tv

  • Comment number 30.

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  • Comment number 31.

    Please, please, please,please,please,please,please,please let there be Series 3. This was excellent as was the 1st series. Great job everyone.The BBC should be proud!!

  • Comment number 32.

    Fabulous series - want more and more and more. Got to have it on in the evening so more people can see it.

  • Comment number 33.

    MORE - please. An excellent series, superbly acted and written with quality in mind. Series 3 next week would be very good! Well done BBC - another feather in the cap.

  • Comment number 34.

    One of the best programmes on tv at the moment and deserves a Sunday evening slot. Beautifully realised and acted by the whole cast and produced to a high standard. Can't wait for the next series. Very well done to all invoved and many thanks.

  • Comment number 35.

    Yet another cracking series - very very good. Definitely another series please. In line with above comments this defintely deserves a Sunday night hour long slot. Great acting, good story line, nice scenery, great music. What's not to like? Do keep up the good work! BBC drama at its best!

  • Comment number 36.

    Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved in creating this fantastic drama. I've been looking forward to series 2, and it was every bit as good as the first.
    I over heard two people talking about it today - you know how good a programme is when you hear people talking about it in the street!
    So what happens next . . . . please give us a third installment, it would be cruel not to!

  • Comment number 37.

    Please, please, please can we have a third series! It is one of the best programmes on BBC1 . It would be great it if was shown in the evening too!

  • Comment number 38.

    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. More, more, more please! We have been treated royally by the BBC so far this year: first came Call the Midwife then The Indian Doctor. Spectacular.

  • Comment number 39.

    BBC iPlayer the best invention since sliced bread and disposable nappies. I've just spent the last two evenings relishing season 2, what an addictive and enjoyable piece of television. Great acting, really watchable and well written stories, no waiting for the next episode (bliss) and some tidy words like. So yes please season three and prime time as well please.

    Ps.. It was Mrs. Evans who ran the shop.

  • Comment number 40.

    Wow what fantastic series. I loved the first series and the second was even better. Sanjeev and Ayesha done a great job. Bring on series three and at prime time please!!

  • Comment number 41.

    superb program, great acting ,nice touches of humour ,really hope for a third series and a bit longer run if possible ,please keep up the great work

  • Comment number 42.

    Enjoyed the series but how long did the smallpox outbreak last? The series begins in the Summer of 1964 and by episode 3 we hear a song not recorded until 1965.

  • Comment number 43.

    I can't say how much I loved this .From Kamini's sunny smile to Sanjeev's kiss ... the storyline kept me enthralled , a continuance of excellence from the first series.
    Shows that a gentle drama does not have to have sensationalism to grip viewers interest. Also shows that British drama is the best worldwide. This needs to be repeated ( series 1 & 2 ) in prime time space !!

  • Comment number 44.

    An excellent series - it's such a shame that both have been consigned to day time viewing as I'm sure many more people would watch and enjoy it had it been shown later in the day. Hopefully it will be repeated at some stage at a prime time. Well done BBC.

  • Comment number 45.

    Love, love, LOVE this series............BBC at it's best! Had to sign up just to comment.... :) But WHY isn't it on Prime time? It deserves the widest possible audience. Humungous congrats to everyone involved, especially Sanjeev and Ayesha............and MORE pleaSE

  • Comment number 46.

    Thank you BBC for providing me with some excellent viewing. Congratulations to the writer, the cast, the director and crew.
    Please make another series.

  • Comment number 47.

    I loved every minute of it. Both series were great. I'll add my wishes for another series, please. A must have! Best wishes to all concerned.

  • Comment number 48.

    Just loved this all too short series - realistic characters, great acting and soundtrack, believable situations - cannot think of one negative. Please make lots more.

  • Comment number 49.

    I have just watched a recording of Friday's The Indian Doctor. Thank you for a second series, it was brilliant.

  • Comment number 50.

    Excellent show. very well done. So disappointing that its not on prime time and well advertised on BBC.
    Will there be a series 3 please.

  • Comment number 51.

    Cracking soundtrack for a very cracking programme. Thank you ALL.

    Well done to all for excellent work. Should be nominated for awards. It's better made than many of the prime-time programmes like Upstairs Downstairs, Death in Paradise etc both of which I enjoy but not half as much as the Indian Doctor. Indeed I think it is on par with Call the Midwife. I suppose being a day-time programme it is percieved as being on par with silly lightweight daytime soaps like Doctors, Neighbours etc.

    Thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. Only disappointment was that it was ONLY 5 episodes.

    Can someone please explain why it was only 5 Episodes given the success of the first series which was not even well publicised?

    How about another 5 episodes in May-June and then another 5 episodes in September-October? PLEASE.

    I only got to know that this was on as we were told on the blog last year it would return for second series and so promptly in the new year I scoured the BBC's website for news. Thus I had been on the look out for it. Indeed, I was hoping the first series would be repeated as a prelude but alas no!


    Oh, please DO NOT go all 'arty' and 'creative' with future episodes. Stick with the core fundamentals.

    If the budget is a problem then why not join forces with the evening programming or BBC-3 or BBC-4 and show the episodes in the day and repeat in the evening for the soles returning home from work etc. How much was the BBC paying for Mad Men or those European dramas?

  • Comment number 52.

    Oh, if you don't get as many comments as you did last year it is most probably because people don't want to repeat themselves knowing full well its an excellent drama.

    Worst a lot of them may have missed it as the BBC didn't do much trailing AGAIN. I saw a poor trailer at the end of Call the Midwife. I did wonder if somone at the BBC is trying to sabotage this programme?

  • Comment number 53.

    Just been reminded by another post about the scenery.

    I thought the choice of the picnic area was paradise itself. Beutifully shot. What a way to end this series - leaving us craving more.

  • Comment number 54.

    Sanjeev, I watch everything I can find that you're in. I loved GGM, and the Kumars, but this is really showing what a class actor you are. You're in the frame in my humble opinion for becoming the next "British" institution, after the likes of Anthony Hopkins or David Jason. Both my wife and I are currently glued to series 2 on the iPlayer!!

  • Comment number 55.

    With the introduction of Ms Indira Joshi (delighted to see) reminded me of Saeed Jaffrey (82 years old now). Perhaps we could have a cameo from him if a more substantial role is not possible in the hoped for next series in May-June 2012?

  • Comment number 56.

    I have never ventured onto this blog page but I am glad to add my comments about a thoroughly first class programme. Everything worked, and the acting was so subtle and accomplished....especially by Sanjeev and Mark Heap, who even managed to inspire some sympathy.

    This is where the BBC scores above all other companies.....convincing characters and settings, attention to detail, and superb acting.

  • Comment number 57.

    Really enjoyed watching this.

    I hope there will be a series 3.

    And the DVD box set.

  • Comment number 58.

    Saw the first india doctors brillant well now 2nd one so so good EXCELLENT ... one best progammes love it... great acting simply the best.... Sanjeerv u r brilllant ACTOR rolll on 3rd Superb progammme :)

  • Comment number 59.

    Have the BBC Trustees seen The Indian Doctor?

    I am sure they will be as enthralled as the posters above and demand the same as them!

    I am very tempted to buy a DVD set and send to Lord Patten, Chair of the BBC Trust Board.

  • Comment number 60.

    I'm one of the producers of The Indian Doctor and I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to write such considered and supportive comments in response to Sanjeev's blog. We're very proud of the series and feel that, working with largely the same cast and crew, we've tried hard to build on the success of series one to develop the story and characters further, but also retain the warmth and comedy that we knew (from the previous blog!) people enjoyed watching.

    Like series one, we were keen to give our story a factual basis so, when we found out about a real smallpox outbreak that hit the South Wales Valleys in 1962, we knew we had a challenge that would test our Indian doctor - as it had tested the real Indian doctors who were practising in the Valleys 50 years ago. We were rightly concerned that, like smartgran and nematt, there would be many people who remembered the original outbreak, and also others who, like diffusa, have had awful personal experiences of the devastation that similar outbreaks can cause. So, as Sanjeev has noted, we only used the 62 outbreak as our inspiration. We were also concerned that this storyline would necessarily make this series darker in tone that the first, so it's great to read that so many of you enjoyed it even more than series one.

    A brief word on the music: As some of you have pointed out, we moved slightly away from the music choices we made for series one, preferring songs which - though still from the mid 60s - weren't necessarily the kind that people would have been listening to in the South Wales at the time. Like Sanjeev, we're all huge fans of 60s music, so we spent a good deal of time indulging ourselves choosing tracks that complemented the action and the mood of specific scenes. We hope we mostly got it right though, as hcir notes, occasionally we might have let our enthusiasm for a good tune like Heard It Through The Grapevine give rise to the odd anachronism!

    Anyway, we're thrilled you liked the series. It's very heartwarming to read so many enthusiastic and appreciative notes from people who've taken the time to write, especially those like barbara1835 and Qawraqueen who logged on for the first time to post their comments. On behalf of the whole team I'd like to say a big thank you for your support. Hopefully there'll be more Indian Doctor to come.

  • Comment number 61.

    Just to add that, for anyone interested in finding out more, the documentary we made for BBC Wales about the real 1962 smallpox outbreak is still available on BBC iplayer at:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01cqt8y/Smallpox_in_Wales_The_Forgotten_Killer/

  • Comment number 62.

    I don't usually watch television during the day time because I never can find anything that interest me. But then is the Indian Doctor: amazing! What an interesting story it is. Good acting, good story lines and writing; it's a real enjoyment to watch it and I'm always disappointed when it ends. I want more! I always find that you tend to notice a low budget series. Not the Indian Doctor. The passion with which the actors interpret the writing is contagious (no pun intended). Let's hope the BBC keeps it going.

  • Comment number 63.

    This is one of the best series on television and I nearly missed it - why doesn't the BBC advertise it properly? I know it's low budget but it really doesn't look it - the production values are amazing. It's very subtly written and beautifully directed and the performances are superb. I find myself so involved with the characters and their stories - please please BBC can we have more?

  • Comment number 64.

    I watched the last series on i-player as I work in the day. I enjoyed it but I really think that this new series is exceptional. The writing is light and subtle and the direction is wonderful. The combination of real drama and humour in the context of different characters from varied cultural bachgrounds without sledgehammering the audience over the head is a real achievement. Well done everyone. Series 3 please !!!

  • Comment number 65.

    I really enjoyed both series....the second one was my favourite, but with excellent acting and beautiful scenery, and a very good story line......for what more could you ask. More please.

  • Comment number 66.

    Wonderful series [ as was the first one ] Deserved to be on at a PRIME time not just tucked away for early afternoon. I remember having a smallpox injection in South Wales at that time - so very real
    for some of us.
    Great actors /wonderful script/ fab music - more , more please.
    Remove some of the repeats / rubbish and put on more like this -This programme is a winner !!!

  • Comment number 67.

    Great series - too short ! bring on season 3 and 4 ....
    Congrats to all involved

  • Comment number 68.

    This is my first comment online. I missed Series 1, for which I have heard nothing but praise, but my loss has been more than amply compensated by watching Series 2. This for me, contained everything: excellent writing, settings, photography, direction and acting. The drama was sustained, but interspersed with humorous touches, as when, in the cross-country dash to stop the train, the sergeant put on his helmet backwards. I think that a major contribution to the evident success of the Series is its brevity: a fine story, beautifully produced and presented within a week - how many series drag on and on until they become "tired", forced and silly. I do, though, believe a huge potential audience has been deprived, as a result of the time of screening. Bravo, BBC - when may we expect Series 3 ???

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  • Comment number 70.

    Dear all,

    Along with Tom Ware (see post above), I'm one of the creators and execs of the Indian Doctor. On behalf of myself and Sanjeev, I just wanted to thank you for all your posts before this blog closes. We DO read your comments and they mean a great deal to us - when it comes down to it, you're the reason we make the show.

    Personally I think Alun ap Brinley (who plays our lovable PC Emlyn) was one of the shining stars of this year's series - but actually, now I think about it, they're all rather brilliant.

    Finally, as some of you already know, Prem and Kamini are loosely based on members of my family. I just wanted to say that a couple of weeks ago, the real Prem and Kamini celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. This seems like a fitting place to wish them many more years of love and happiness, and to end my post. Thanks for watching.

  • Comment number 71.

    Why is this not on at peak time? I missed the first series but after watching the first episode of series 2, i used the series record on my sky box, and bought series 1 dvd on ebay i did not watch the series 2 recordings until i had watched the dvd. It was great. This series is a masterpiece. I watched it on saturday night instead of all that dross they put out.

  • Comment number 72.

    Thank you for a very enjoyable series. I spent the time between episodes wondering what would happen next!

  • Comment number 73.

    Like the first, this series has been absolutely fantastic; enthralling and entertaining.

    The acting and production are both fabulous, and as for that soundtrack...!

    I also loved the fact that there was an episode on every day, rather than having to wait a week each time, it really kept the pace of the show up! Just a shame, as others have said, that the series was so short! I can't wait for series 3!

  • Comment number 74.

    I got a BBC Id just to post on here. I thoroughly enjoyed both the series of Indian Doctor. The writing and the acting were both pitch perfect. Rarely seen anything so warmly funny and so re-watchable. Hoping for a rerun as my recorder was not working :-(

  • Comment number 75.

    Wonderful series as most others say here.
    And, in view of the quality of the production in all other respects; I was a bit taken aback this time when I noticed the "Real Ale served here" outside the local pub door.
    At this time in Wales and most of England, the only beers and ales were all "real"; the big brewers hadn't really got their 'push to sell keg' under way "yet". So called 'continental' lagers were just starting to appear on the bars of city and town pubs; but certainly weren't pushing into any rural locations at this time.

  • Comment number 76.

    Amazing series, well acted.
    Series are very short, i want them to be for few more months rather than few episodes of 5.
    Iam great fan of Ayesha, I want to see more of her....please/

  • Comment number 77.

    I've ben digiplussing this, as I work in the day. It's one of the best shows on the TV at the moment. More please. Da iawn BBC 1 - Well done!

  • Comment number 78.

    This superb series bears comparison with ITV's Doc Martin, which has now had five series, and is still going strong. In fact, I think The Indian Doctor is stronger than Doc Martin, because it adds some pretty powerful and well-researched messages on top of the similar Celtic village backdrop. I look forward to the DVD box set to enjoy with my mother, who was born in South Wales.

    The production, acting, script, direction, design and technical are all excellent, and answer those who suggest the BBC can no longer live up to its golden age. I have to say I have enjoyed Sanjeev Bhaskar's work ever since Goodness Gracious Me.

    The major criticism must be aimed at the programme schedulers, who seem to be throwing it away, for reasons best known to themselves. Why on earth was it aired over five days at 2pm? It should be on Sunday evening, on BBC4 if they really cannot bear putting something of this calibre on BBC1 or BBC2. Better still to air it on Sunday night, and then repeat it on another channel in the week.

    I do hope both series are repeated in the autumn at a sensible time, or if the BBC cannot do that, then sell it to Yesterday, and they can show it.

    The other major criticism must be aimed at the commissioners. When a gem does appear, why limit it to five episodes per series, rather than thirteen? I am perfectly content if my licence fee is spent in this way. Reminds me of how they threw away Outnumbered, giving it only a handful of episodes per series, and now lost because the young cast have grown up, and the point of that show is lost.

    Outnumbered may have been limited by the amount of time they are allowed to use child actors, but (please correct me if I am wrong) I imagine the cast and crew and production team would be happy to extend the storylines to a longer series.

  • Comment number 79.

    Another superb series! Great cast, gripping storylines, an idyllic location and an amazing soundtrack. As always Sanjeev is absolutely excellent as Dr Prem. Would be brilliant to have this show on at prime time so that more people could enjoy this quality drama.

  • Comment number 80.

    In my efforts to find out the rating figures for the Indian Doctor I found other sites with similar comments to the above posters. Indeed the IMDB website had an average viewer rating of 8/10 for the first series DVDs.

    Unfortuantely all free ratings data was up to w/e 26.02.2012.

    However, looking at the the top 30 rated programmes for that week, all were evening shows (not surprising), for BBC I think the Indian Doctor could do no worse in the evening. Certainly not worse than The Royal Bodyguard (9:00PM, Mondays, which was not up to David Jason's talents and he was the reason I endeavourd to watch it).

    Of course if it proves a hit in a BBC1 evening slot it will be even more kudos for all involved. Of course that depends on the Director for the evening programming on BBC1/2!!!

    Surely there is no harm in trying it in the evenings? After all there is no advertising revenue to be lost and it is only 5 episodes over five weeks. Try the Call the Midwife slot.

  • Comment number 81.

    Brilliant show! I enjoyed the first series very much and I'm so glad I managed to catch this series on iplayer. It's so gently predicable and beautifully acted that I come away feeling like I know the characters personally, and I really want to spend more time with them! Hope there's another series!
    And Sanjeev: I LOVE the soundtrack too - I must confess that my favourite song has to be the Herman's Hermits 'I'm into something good' song; it's the first tune I learned to play on the ukulele, and the one song guaranteed to always put a big smile on my face - much like watching this show in fact :-) I'm also a big fan of the theme tune happy-folk-music ditty that's played at the end - who wrote that?!
    Well done everyone, thanks for the show!

  • Comment number 82.

    Great programme love the scenery and the music, however five episodes is hardly enough for such a good drama. Rhagor o wybodaeth (more please.....)

  • Comment number 83.

    Great news... if you live in Wales that is! BBC One (Wales) will be starting an evening run of "The Indian Doctor: Series 2" starting Tuesday, 13 March, at 22:35. Episode 2 will air Wednesday, 14 March, at 22:45. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01cz639 for details.

    I don't know if that means that the iPlayer team will put it up again. I do hope so, this time with all 5 episodes available for download in all formats (iPlayer, Windows, and Portable).

    Failing that, I guess we'll have to wait until the rest of the BBC UK sees sense and runs this fine series in the evenings, when more people can enjoy it. I agree with ArchAngel02's suggestion of Sunday evenings in the 20:00 "Call the Midwife" and other family dramas slot.

    Any plans to do a signed run?

  • Comment number 84.

    I have really enjoyed this series of 'The Indian Doctor', I was so pleased to see there was a second series. The story, cast and production values were top notch. Congratulations to all concerened. I hope a third series will be commissioned

  • Comment number 85.

    I loved series 1 & series 2 has been well worth waiting for. The cast are wonderful, scenery stunning, infact best programme on the BBC. PLEASE CAN WE HAVE MORE.

  • Comment number 86.

    A fantastic series! The writing, direction and cinematography were all beautiful and came together seamlessly. This is what all BBC dramas should aspire to be like. Please, please, please bring us another series!

  • Comment number 87.

    Brilliants Series, agree with all the comments so far, this show should be on during primetime, its well acted, well made and better than half the drivel the bbc shows us during primetime telly. give the indian doctor a time slot it deserves, even if its just on bbc wales, bbc bosses, take note we want a series 3,4,5,6 etc with more episodes in each series.

    Well done to all the people involved in bringing us the Indian Doctor, i hope you all get a chance to make more of your wonderful program.

  • Comment number 88.

    i never do something like this but have enjoyed the series so much that thought i must contribute.

    cant believe nearly missed the series. loved S1 and accidentally found S2 on i player. have watched the first 4 episodes and cant watch 5th episode because it is playing at the moment on bbc 1 wales only. so i have to wait till that finishes and hope it comes immediately afterwards on i player so i dont have to be awake afer midnight( do i sound addicted to it)

    well done to everybody involved with the programme. you have all done a great job and hope for many more series and at better times with a bit more advertising beforehand.

  • Comment number 89.

    I have just registered so that I could post this comment. I am completely bowled over by The Indian Doctor. I live in Pontypridd which is close to where some of the filming took place and it is so lovely to see the valleys portrayed as I remember them. I thoroughly enjoyed the first series which, like many others, I saw quite by chance. The cast are brilliant and the background music is right up my street! This series brought back so many memories. I was 8 years old when I had my vaccination and remember the very real fear people had at that time. You have created a very special programme please make another series SOON. Diolch yn fawr

  • Comment number 90.

    Hi how are you? please can somebody tell me where can i buy the CD songs from? that song the guy sings heatwave...i like his version..

  • Comment number 91.

    Hi,
    This is a really great tv series , we enjoyed watching it , is there going to be a third season? , i hope so as we are waiting for it anxiously .
    A pretty decent series .
    Looking forward to it.

  • Comment number 92.

    Hi, it was just by chance we came through this tv series as they have started showing it on TV in Finland , it was so interesting after watching the very first part we got so hooked that we watched the entire 1st and 2nd series on the net, waiting news about the coming series, also the village is so beautiful, natural and the music involved is just great. We are thoroughly captivated by it.

  • Comment number 93.

    Winter is just around the corner,outside,it is pretty foul so,we spent the day watching the urbane Sharmas take over a Welsh valley!In style.What a lovely guy,Prem is and could there be anyone flasher than Min? Aren't those "valley people " something?Are ALL Welsh women as clingy as Megan and Sylvia?(reminds me of Gladys).Great lightweight entertainment,we are ready for MORE!

  • Comment number 94.

    Hi everyone

    Many thanks for all your comments on the TV blog.

    sunny #90 – sorry for the late reply. There is a list of the music played in each episode of the series on The Indian Doctor website:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01cz639/episodes/guide

    Hope that helps!

    Eliza Kessler
    Researcher
    BBC TV blog

 

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