Tuesday 28 February 2012, 11:06
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.
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.
Prem's mother-in-law Pushpa arrives
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.
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