The Good Karma Hospital

The Good Karma Hospital

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Plonking a drama into an exotic, sun-drenched setting almost always guarantees we’ll love it, no matter what the subject is. The Durrells, The Real Marigold Hotel and Death in Paradise: all big hitters. This is likely to do the same.

Dr Ruby Walker (Amrita Acharia) is the newbie at the eponymous Indian hospital, ruled over by fiercely blunt Dr Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman). Redman gets some great lines: “Surgery is simple butchery with a little light needlework thrown in,” she breezily tells the inexperienced Ruby.

The hospital is understaffed and underfunded but overflowing with patients and Ruby’s first shift is a baptism of fire – culturally and medically – while the dashing Dr Varma (James Flood) is quick to slap her down. “This is real life, not a gap-year experience,” he snaps during their first meeting, which means they’ll probably fall in love. You’ll probably fall in love, too.

Summary

Medical drama about a junior doctor who becomes disillusioned with her life and decides to leave the UK. She heads for South India hoping to make a fresh start, and finds a new home working in an under-resourced and over-worked cottage hospital run by an eccentric English ex-pat. Medical drama, starring Amrita Acharia and Amanda Redman.

Cast & Crew

Dr Ruby Walker Amrita Acharia
Dr Lydia Fonseca Amanda Redman
Greg McConnell Neil Morrissey
Dr Gabriel Varma James Floyd
Dr Ram Nair Darshan Jariwalla
AJ Nair Sagar Radia
Mari Rodriguez Nimmi Harasgama
Maggie Smart Phyllis Logan
Paul Smart Philip Jackson
Debbie Smart Leanne Best
Raja Mehta Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke
Nita Mehta Palomi Ghosh
Danny McKay Mitch Smart
Atul Nadar Ritvik Sahore
Marcus Read Tom Canton
Sanjay Nadar Induwara Hanchapola
Ward sister Katharine Rogers
Hotel manager Andre Perera
Director Bill Eagles
Executive Producer Will Gould
Executive Producer Frith Tiplady
Executive Producer Iona Vrolyk
Producer Stephen Smallwood
Writer Dan Sefton
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Drama