Award winning BBC drama The Indian Doctor, set in the south Wales valleys during the 1960s, returns for a new series early next year.

Sanjeev Bhaskar in The Indian Doctor. Photo: BBC/Rondo Media

The cast details have recently been announced, with Sanjeev Bhaskar returning as Dr Prem Sharma and Ayesha Dharker continuing to play his wife Kamini.

New cast members include Mark Heap (Lark Rise To Candleford, Green Wing) who will play Herbert Todd, a self-appointed evangelist who has recently returned to the Welsh village of Trefelin, and Indira Joshi (The Kumars At No. 42, Coronation Street) who will star as Pushpa, Kamini's mother.

Characters from the popular drama that return in the new series include Owen, played by Ifan Huw Dafydd; Megan played by Mali Harries, Sian (Erica Eirian); Gina (Naomi Everson) and Dan (Jacob Oakley).

In the new five part series, which started filming in south Wales yesterday, smallpox hits the mining community and Prem and Kamini have to work together to deal with the deadly disease.

The Indian Doctor is likely to be on TV screens in early 2012 on BBC One Daytime. For further info take a look at the BBC Press Office website.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by Wigan Bob

    on 4 Mar 2012 22:45

    The best program that's been on TV for YEARS.

    I hope they do a series 3 !!!

    Bob.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by Angela

    on 1 Nov 2011 15:26

    Have been fortunate enough to watch the second run of this lovely, addictive drama. I really look forward to the second series along with so many other viewers, and agree wholeheartedly that it could be enjoyed by a much bigger audience if it was put into an evening prime time slot. Would it be possible for a re-run of the first prior to the second series being broadcast please?

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Crobbie

    on 30 Oct 2011 20:05

    Have just watched the first series on the rerun. Thank you so much for putting it on again. I can only repeat what others have said, when will it be on prime time? That and when do we get another series of Missing? Two fabulous programs that deserve much much more than they got.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by G Singh

    on 27 Sept 2011 11:02

    Fantastic news! Something to look forward to after the amazing first series! But please Aunty Beeb - put it on an evening schedule! Any chance of a repeat of the first series?

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