The Indian Doctor is returning to BBC One

Friday 25 March 2011, 10:17

Liam Keelan Liam Keelan Controller, BBC Daytime

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A record number of you (well over 400) posted your appreciation on Sanjeev Bhaskar's post on this blog for our recent daytime drama The Indian Doctor, so I'm absolutely delighted to tell you first that I have just recommissioned it for a second series.

I can also reveal that our wonderful World War Two period drama Land Girls is also returning for a third series.

I commission programmes on BBC One and Two daytime, and it's fantastic to see a series resonate so strongly with you, our viewers.

Bringing more drama to daytime is something I care passionately about.

Sanjeev Bhaskar, who played Prem Sharma in The Indian Doctor, replied to your comments on this blog, saying he was humbled and overwhelmed by your support, and I know he is delighted that the series is returning.

The Indian Doctor also impressed the critics, winning a coveted Royal Television Society award last week, which all the team are absolutely thrilled with.

There is a long way to go before The Indian Doctor hits your screens again - probably early next year - so we're still busy working out the new storylines.

However, many of the characters will be returning. You can catch a taste of the first series here:

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In the meantime, we also have two new dramas starting on BBC One afternoons which you might be interested in catching.

Next Monday, 32 Brinkburn Street kicks off.

Starring Eva Pope and Jack Deam, the drama is set around a dark secret at the heart of two generations of the same family, living in the same house in 1931 and 2011.

Moving between two very different eras, we've worked hard to bring something unique.

If you want to know more about Brinkburn Street, then take a look at the set designer Andrea Hughes' post, which is coming up on this blog on Monday.

Andrea gives a fascinating insight into how she researched and found inspiration for the 1931 set.

I think the series trailer here sets the scene perfectly:

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Finally, from Monday, 4 April we have Justice, a new fast-paced contemporary drama set in Liverpool, starring Bob Pugh, Gary Mavers and Gillian Kearney (plus legendary boxer John Conteh - watch out for him).

Inspired by a real community justice centre in Liverpool, you can see a sneak preview on the BBC Press Office website.

I know many of you who commented on Sanjeev's post (julieapp #1, traceyanne #377, WiganBob #394 and maurobsop #416 to name a few) were disappointed that our dramas aren't shown in peak hours, so please don't forget to set your recorders, or catch it on iPlayer.

Also check your TV guides, as many of our dramas do get repeated later on - Land Girls is being repeated soon on BBC One - so keep a look out for that.

Liam Keelan is the controller of BBC Daytime.

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    Comment number 1.

    I am very pleased by this news. Both Land Girls & The Indian Doctor are great British dramas. I'm particularly fond of the Indian Doctor which I was unable to leave a comment about, last year.

    But I'm leaving one, now, & hope I've remembered everything properly as it's been some months since I saw it!

    I tuned into the first episode of The Indian Doctor expecting it to be nothing more than a drama about what it was like for a doctor from India to settle in a new country & try to get the community to accept him. Well, I was pleasantly surprised, after watching the first episode, that I wasn't quite right on this & that there was a lot more to this drama! The writing & acting were just superb & I found that there was a bit of intrigue & mystery to it (e.g. Dr Elwyn's diary). In fact there were a number of things which had you guessing about what was going on or what could happen next. Some of these things came from non-verbal clues e.g. expressions on characters' faces. For example, after the first episode, it had you wondering if Prem might fall for Gina (or vice-versa) or if Tom might be a bit racist. In fact the writing meant that both of these guesses seemed to be wrong as the story threw up new or unexpected surprises in the following episodes.

    I liked how your first opinions of characters could alter as the week went on as they revealed new sides to them. For example, Kamini was soon shown to have a softer, more understanding side when she listened to & tried to help out the little boy, Dan, who had tried to steal the diary from their surgery. She, also, showed how brave she could be (e.g when confessing to the theft of Mr. Sharpe's car in order to prevent the boy who really did it, Dan, from getting into much more serious trouble).

    All of this meant that the drama became one of the very few for which I didn't want to see any spoilers for as you wanted to be surprised! In fact the only thing I was able to guess that would happen was that Gina would fall pregnant. The most mysterious character for me was probably Tom who I couldn't work out if he was just a misunderstood teenager, a much more complex, darker character or somewhere between the two of these. A very well written & acted drama & I'm so glad that there will be more! The chosen music also added to the feel of the drama!

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    Comment number 2.

    I saw the advert/trailer for "32 Brinkburn Street" on the TV after today's episode of Doctors. It definitely looks interesting & worth watching! :-)

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    Comment number 3.

    YAY!!! Power to the people!!!
    I enjoyed the series so much and was ecstatic to hear the team had won an award. The series is great family fun and it has to be said, a slap in the face of Brian True-May! BBC, you show him how its done! :)
    Anyway, can't wait to see the adventures of Ben, Prem, Kamini, Tom and Gina - and learn more from Dr Elwin's diaries!!
    Thank you!

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    Comment number 4.

    I just love BBC afternoon drama - so much better than the tired and oft repeated american series that we are so often subjected to time and time again!

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    Comment number 5.

    For those of us who work shifts/unsocial hours and are often not slumped in front of the tv of an evening, it's fantastic to have some intelligent drama to watch in our quiet time. I enjoyed 'The Indian Doctor' very much although, sadly, I missed the last episode! I am hoping that the new series live up to that promising start.


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