I just watched Indian Summers Episode 1. I was glued to it because it was not only beautifully shot, with a good looking cast, great costumes and hair, it was also filmed in my hometown and I could recognise a lot of the places. Penang Hill, the road leading up Penang Hill, Armenian Street in George Town, Botanical Gardens, Suffolk House, Artwork by Thomas Powell and some of the extras who were recruited locally.
With a £14million budget, Indian Summers is the most expensive drama ever commissioned by Channel 4.
“The island of Penang, off the west coast of Malaysia, may seem an unlikely home for a series set in colonial India, but the experience of empire is shared and ever-present, from the architecture to the history: the British used to retreat up Penang Hill at the height of summer, just as they did in Simla. Executive producer Charlie Pattinson…
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