Dream - a magical tale of misfortune, self-discovery and love
Bisson takes on his first lead role as Surender, an English teacher
from a village in India who comes to England on holiday to visit
the places that have inspired his favourite English writers.
Dream (BBC TWO), winner of the BBC's prestigious Dennis Potter
Screenwriting Award, is written by Avie Luthra.
should be the trip of a lifetime is turned upside down when Surender
loses his passport and is arrested at customs as an illegal immigrant.
that he will have to stay in a detention centre, Surender takes
flight ending up in the picturesque village of Sedgton.
there, he discovers that the local amateur dramatic society is missing
a Puck for its production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
pretending to be the local doctor's cousin, Surender auditions for
and wins the part.
Sedgton is a village which is not at all fond of immigrants, especially
the illegal kind. Can Surender play Puck, woo the prettiest girl
in the village and keep his true identity a secret?
Dream also stars Doon Mackichan as Penny, director of A Midsummer
Night's Dream; Nitin Ganatra as Dr Rajiv Reddy; Koel Purie as his
sister Neeraj and Anthony Calf as David, producer of the play.
Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, says: "Indian
Dream is a warm, entertaining, funny and poignant film, where the
arrival of a stranger forces a group of villagers to face their
Dream maintains the tradition of the BBC's Dennis Potter Screenwriting
Award, underlining the BBC's commitment to discovering and promoting
exciting new talent."
Bisson played Coronation Street taxi driver Vikram Desai, and was
a contestant of the recent series of I'm A Celebrity…Get Me
Out Of Here!
has a cameo role in Shameless, an offbeat drama that charts the
unpredictable chapters of family life, for Channel 4 by State of
Play writer Paul Abbott.
BBC's Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award was set up in 1995 to nurture
and encourage the work of new writers with flair and personal vision.
winning the Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award in 2001, Avie Luthra
has been commissioned to write a contemporary version of Chaucer's
The Sea Captain's Tale as part of BBC ONE's forthcoming production
of The Canterbury Tales.
Luthra, who is also a practising psychiatrist, graduated from the
Director's Course at the National Film and Television School in
wrote, produced and directed Shopkeeping, which was a finalist for
the New York Expo awards.
went on to win the Red Production Company's Northern Soul Script
Competition with Cross My Heart, a twenty minute short which he
wrote and later directed, starring Sophie Okonedo and Saeed Jaffrey.
a 60 minute drama in conjunction with the BBC and Red Production
Company, was nominated for the Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award
Dream is produced by Eleanor Greene. The executive producers are
Jeremy Howe for the BBC, David Thompson for BBC Films and Ann Harrison-Baxter
for Red Production Company.
is a Red Production for BBC TWO and will be screened later this
Dream is part of BBC TWO's Big Dreams season which aims to look
at Asian life in Britain and the crossover between the two cultures.
Dream was developed under the working title of The Village.
aspiration and achievement - Big Dreams on BBC TWO (22.08.03)
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