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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 12:53 UK time, Friday, 24 February 2012

Fans of the BBC daytime drama The Indian Doctor will be pleased to see the programme returning for a second series on Monday.

Ahead of the start of the new series Sanjeev Bhaskar, who returns as Dr Prem Sharma, will be talking to Jamie and Louise on BBC Radio Wales on Monday morning about the Welsh-filmed drama.

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

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

The first series, which was first broadcast in November 2010, proved popular with viewers, with a record number of people contributing comments on Sanjeev's blog post for the BBC TV blog.

The new series of The Indian Doctor continues the story of Dr Prem Sharma, the high-flying Delhi graduate who has come to Britain in the early 1960s as one of the first wave of Indian doctors invited by the health minister, Enoch Powell.

This time around Prem has to deal with three different complications; a new adversary in the form of evangelist preacher Herbert Todd (Mark Heap), an outbreak of smallpox that threatens to bring catastrophe to the village, plus the arrival of his dreaded mother-in-law Pushpa.

Sanjeev Bhaskar as Dr Prem Sharma, Ayesha Dharker as Kamini Sharma and Indira Joshi as Pushpa. Photo: Rondo Media/BBC

Sanjeev Bhaskar as Dr Prem Sharma, Ayesha Dharker as Kamini Sharma and Indira Joshi as Pushpa. Photo: Rondo Media/BBC

Actress Ayesha Dharker returns as Dr Sharma's wife Kamini, and Welsh actors starring in the drama include Mali Harries, Alun ap Brinley, Ifan Huw Dafydd and Naomi Everson.

Tune in to the Jamie and Louise show on BBC Radio Wales on Monday 27 February from 9am to hear what Sanjeev has to say about the new series. Watch The Indian Doctor on BBC One Wales on Monday at 2.15pm, or on the BBC iPlayer soon after transmission for the subsequent seven days.

Visit the BBC programme page for The Indian Doctor to find out more about the series.


  • Comment number 1.

    When will BBC show the Indian Doctor in India? We haven't even seen the first part.

  • Comment number 2.

    We stumbled upon the first series of The Indian Doctor series by accident and thoroughly enjoyed it. Real family viewing! Great to see another series coming up. However, when will you be putting this on the BBC1 (England/North West) so more people can enjoy it?

  • Comment number 3.

    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 4.

    "1. At 09:08 25th Feb 2012, rani"

    I think it will prove popular not just in Indian sub-continent but across most of the Commonwealth countries. Even possibly the USA - the Welsh accent is clear enough!

    That should provide fair funding for more episodes.

  • Comment number 5.

    I'm American (Idaho) and just finished watching the dvds of Season 1, available at our local library (strangely enough not on Netflix yet) and I really really enjoyed this show! But then I love to watch most British/foreign shows & films. The accents are no problem. Am also a fan of Outnumbered. And Downton Abbey, of course!

  • Comment number 6.

    Forgot to add that I also would like to see more than 5 episodes per season in the future! First time, I checked and double-checked the case to see if I was mistaken in seeing only 2 discs for the whole season.

  • Comment number 7.

    I never came across the series 'The Indian Doctor'. I will certainly watch it...it sounds like a treat.

  • Comment number 8.

    Hey i have seen the first but I haven't saw next series but i will definitely go and watch the backup of the next series on internet i will be able to see no now.
    Ashley Edward


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