2016 will be another Indian Summer

Channel 4 have announced the period drama starring Julie Walters will return to screens next year for a second series

Channel 4 will return to Indian Summers in 2016.

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The broadcaster has commissioned a second series of the period drama, set during the British occupation of India in the 1930s and starring Julie Walters and Henry Lloyd-Hughes.

The news was confirmed less than halfway through the first series; the opening episode of Indian Summers became the highest-rated drama launch for Channel 4 in 20 years.

Series creator Paul Rutman said, “Our story moves forward three years, to a Viceroy’s last summer, a political gamble to stifle Independence and a great reckoning for Ralph, Alice and Aafrin.

“It’s a joy to reunite our wonderful cast and I’m beyond thrilled that viewers have responded so warmly to what they’ve seen so far,” he added. “I am so grateful to Channel 4 for trusting us to continue our journey through the last years of the British Raj. I feel like the luckiest writer in the world.”

The drama, produced by New Pictures and Masterpiece, is also set to air in the United States later this Autumn on American broadcaster PBS, the same channel that shows Downton Abbey.

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Indian Summers, with a budget of £14 million, is Channel 4’s most expensive commission ever.