After an enjoyable first series, I was hoping for more of the same and, for the most part, I was not disappointed. However, it did seem to lack a certain something but I can’t put my finger on exactly what it was.
As per the first series, Indian Summers is set in 1930s India during a time of civil unrest. We follow a host of characters under different circumstances (forbidden love, loveless marriage, secret children etc.) but most revolve around Ralph who is close to being named the English Viceroy. This does follow on from the first series but instead of portraying Ralph as a bit of a bad guy you gradually seem him in a different more caring light.
Julie Walters continues to be great as a club owner but she is not quite as involved as before which is a shame, however, the most memorable character for me was Charlie Havistock, a control freak of the highest order, who you just loved to hate (well done to Blake Ritson for a fantastic job).
Apparently Channel 4 decided not to go for a third series which is why there was a bit of a rush at the end to tie it all up. It does show a bit but you do at least get a satisfying ending that ties up all the storylines.
Verdict: A rushed end to an interesting series that I think should have been given another chance.
- Fantastic Scenery
- Interesting Characters
- Rushed Ending