Masterpiece: Indian Summers

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It’s 1932 and the Indian Civil Service begin the annual move to Simla, India’s Little England and the exclusive white British Club is prepared for the summer season. But while the British cling to power, India dreams of independence.
Starring
Amber Rose RevahHenry Lloyd-HughesJemima West
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Episode 1
    September 26, 2015
    1 h 11 min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The British arrive at their summer headquarters in northern India for a season of parties, romance, and trouble--including attempted murder.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    October 3, 2015
    53min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    While Aafrin fights for his life, Ralph confronts the gunman in jail. Sarah is suspicious of Alice's past. Adam goes missing.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    October 10, 2015
    53min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sooni gets into trouble. Witness tampering runs riot. Ramu confronts Armitage at the annual fair. Dougie confesses to Sarah.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    October 17, 2015
    53min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The viceroy gets a royal welcome. A crucial piece of evidence is missing. Aafrin sends Alice on an urgent errand. Ian gets bad news.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    October 24, 2015
    53min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Ralph plays politics at his engagement bash. Eugene tells Cynthia a shocking secret. Adam and his mother make a surprise visit.
  6. 6. Episode 6
    October 31, 2015
    53min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A mountaineer makes trouble. Aafrin and Alice try to check their growing attraction. Ralph’s cover appointment is thwarted by tragedy.
  7. 7. Episode 7
    November 7, 2015
    53min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A murder victim is found and a suspect confesses. Ian finds a cause. Aafrin is blackmailed. Meanwhile, the British Club performs Oscar Wilde.
  8. 8. Episode 8
    November 14, 2015
    53min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    While Simla citizens look on, Ramu is tried for Jaya’s murder. Leena and Ian come to his defense. Sarah is humiliated.
  9. 9. Episode 9
    November 21, 2015
    53min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Madeleine gets a shock. Ramu’s fate is in Ralph’s hands. Aafrin makes two fateful decisions. The club changes course. Ian becomes a local hero.
  10. 10. Episode 10
    November 21, 2015
    1 h 7 min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Madeleine gets a shock. Ramu’s fate is in Ralph’s hands. Aafrin makes two fateful decisions. The club changes course. Ian becomes a local hero.

Bonus (7)

  1. Bonus: Indian Summers: The Writing
    October 13, 2015
    2min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The cast of "Indian Summers" discuss the captivating story lines and brilliant writing in the series.
  2. Bonus: Character Profile: Ralph Whelan
    September 21, 2015
    2min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Actor Henry Lloyd-Hughes discusses his role as Ralph Whelan in "Indian Summers".
  3. Bonus: Character Profile: Cynthia
    September 21, 2015
    2min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Actress Julie Walters discusses her role as Cynthia Coffin in "Indian Summers".
  4. Bonus: Character Profile: Aafrin
    September 21, 2015
    1min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Actor Nikesh Patel discusses his role as Afrin Dalal in "Indian Summers".
  5. Bonus: Character Profile: Madeleine
    September 21, 2015
    1min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Actress Olivia Grant discusses her role as Madeline Mathers in "Indian Summers".
  6. Bonus: Character Profile: Alice Whelan
    September 21, 2015
    2min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Actress Jemima West discusses her role as Alice Whelan in "Indian Summers".
  7. Bonus: PBS Previews: Indian Summers
    September 7, 2006
    5min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    PBS and Masterpiece talk with the creators and cast about the new series Indian Summers.

More details

Directors
Anand Tucker
Supporting actors
Julie WaltersNikesh Patel
Producers
Charles PattinsonDan McCullochElaine PykeIndira VarmaPaul RutmanRebecca EatonSimon CurtisWillow Grylls
Season year
2015
Network
PBS
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingviolence
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
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4.3 out of 5 stars

1730 global ratings

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R. S. TateReviewed in the United States on June 13, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Am I the only Indian reviewing this?
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I am only halfway through the first episode, so we'll see how it plays out.
However, I had to respond to @Pattywolford's comment that there are no "likable characters". Perhaps s/he meant that are no likable _white_ characters, I certainly find plenty of likable Indian characters: Sooni the sloganeer, Alice's childhood hair-puller (now her brother's Rolls-Royce driver), the mysterious freedom fighter with a revolver, the Indian woman on the train who dares correct the Memsahib's pronunciation of "Persephone" ...
One minor quibble: the Indians speak English with a weird accent that sounds as if it were the result of a Brit's imagining of an Indian accent. And, they seem incapable of pronouncing Indian words correctly, to wit - "zindabad" is pronounced "zindaabaad" not "zin - d - baad".
Stay tuned for more post-colonial commentary and unfavorable comparisons of all the Englishwomen to Edwina.
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RumplestiltskinReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I think this series does a truly wonderful job of recreating that life
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I spent a total of three years in India and visited some of the summer retreats the English had built for themselves. I imagined how story-book their lives must have been. I think this series does a truly wonderful job of recreating that life. I found it both nostalgic and tragic.When the Indian father, who's unwelcome at the English Club, but permitted to come as a milk sop to the Indians wanting home rule, and mentions that the medals he wore he received at Galipoli, I was appalled. Anyone who knows a little about The Great War knows that iGalipoli was a blood bath which took the cream of a generation of Australians and prompted their push for independence. The arrogance of the English resenting an Indian hero of that war, who risked his life for crown and country, did more to illustrate the incredible injustice done to the Indian people than any comment could have done. I think this is extremely well done.
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Fiction FanReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's No Jewel in the Crown
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Indian Summers takes on the waning days of the British Raj in India with some mildly interesting characters and some beautiful photography, but completely lacks the depth and gravitas of The Jewel in the Crown (made way back in 1984). There is nothing subtle in the politics as presented here (always a problem when you have to make your characters say out loud what should be evoked through plot and character development), and the characters in general seem rather inconsistently portrayed from one episode to the next. The central character of Cynthia is a complete waste of Julie Walters' talents -- she's a one-dimensional bore. For the most part, the show really seems to lack the sense of time and place of India in 1932, and feels more like one of those vaguely sentimental period pieces that shows like Downton Abbey really seem to specialize in: lots of beautiful costumes and scenery, but rather ahistorical in tone, with characters who look and sound like they're from a very different time and place than the ones they're portraying. All in all, it's little more than a soap opera masquerading as a history lesson of some sort -- but if you really want to dig into the complexities of the British presence in the last days of the Raj, do yourself a favor and watch The Jewel in the Crown.
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mkdnewyorkReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
See this if you can.
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I admire this series a lot for its depiction in human terms of life in India during the run-up to that nation's independence. But beyond that, its messages can help us understand the push and pull of national aspirations (past and present and future) in so many other parts of the world. The characters are vivid and credible, the historic references (supposing they're mainly accurate) a learning experience for viewers. The scenery is ravishing and the evocation of the disparity of lifestyles between natives and colonial masters continues to be very, very jarring. Because I'm now following Season 2 on public TV, my review of Season 1 on Amazon is a good refresher to help put the later events in context.. I highly recommend the series to those who haven't yet tried it.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Quite a challenge but worth it!
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It's hard to know what to say about this series because it is one of the most complicated I've watched in a long time. I actually watched the first episode three times before I could place all the characters but, as the series went on and more things were revealed, I'd now say it is really good! I am a crafter so I am usually watching while knitting or crocheting but I can't do that with this series. It demands my full attention and now I'm glad to give it. The series is set in 1932 in India while the country was still ruled by the Crown and the class differences are stark. The locals are beginning to agitate for home rule and it is very sad to see the local military treat the people so savagely. I am anxious for season two to be released for free!.
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AZ YankeeReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unenviable discord in clashing cultures
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I've read quite a few Books on how the Brits carried on their ' superior' life style while occupying India, and I don't condone them at all for treating the West Indians as they did. This movie depicts those tumultuous days as Gandi came in to create his people's country. This series wonderfully illustrates the beauty of their country, and the clashing of different cultures in a very moving way. Bring on Season 2.
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June G.Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Story will draw you in and stay with you.
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Interesting characters, wonderful acting, beautiful setting. Honestly, first time I started to watch I was so appalled at the situation, the excesses, that I couldn't get into the story. It is mmediately in your face, showing the attitudes of British Empire, and the levels of the cast systems. But this time I accepted the reality as infuriating as it is, and became engrossed in the characters & their stories. So we'll written but be aware these faces, these characters will stay with you, they are unpredictable and not easily forgotten and will cause you great anguish, which is how it should be.
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An English GardenerReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Disturbing Dream
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Indian Summers depicts beautifully the disturbing dream that was India on the cusp of the eventual end of empire. The cast, of course, is perfect, as is the sense of inevitable tragedy that must touch every life depicted in this rich and evocative script. For me, at least, such stories cause me to catch my breath with anxiety. From our perspective, we see the upheaval undreampt of by the characters living in their own summer, even be it betimes clouded and stormy. There is the same sense one gets from the happy endings of Edwardian fiction - they must all be undone by the iron bite of history. Oh well...Indian Summers is still a sensual feast, in spite of the coming storm.
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