A contract was signed this week to film Channel 4’s new drama Indian Summers in Malaysia.
Skins and Shameless producer Charlie Pattinson is working on the project and explained that he had been extensively scouting for stunning locations to shoot the new scenic 10-part series.
“Over the course of several weeks, I recced India, Sri Lanka, Johor Baharu, Kuala Lumpur, Fraser’s Hill and Cameron Highlands,” said Pattinson, “but nothing was quite right until I stopped in Penang.”
It’s believed that the Crag Hotel, Woodside Bungalow on Penang Hill, the State Museum, Suffolk House and Balik Pulau are a handful of locations that will be used during filming in Penang.
Set during the decline of the British Empire, against the staggering Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, Indian Summers will offer both India and Britain’s sides of the story.
Vera and Agatha Christie’s Marple’s Paul Rutman wrote the series, which promises to be full of power struggles, love and sex against beautiful scenery. “The epic beauty of the Himalayas provides the perfect backdrop for this turbulent story of a world in change,” explained Channel 4 Head of Drama Piers Wenger. “Paul Rutman’s script beautifully captures both the plight of those wrestling with an empire on its knees and the restless and pioneering spirit of a nation on the cusp of revolution,” he continued.
Indian Summers’ cast list has not yet been revealed, the drama will be released next year.