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Channel 4 has confirmed that Indian Summers will return for a second series next year.

The ten-part second series will be set in 1935, three years from where the current series is. Indian Summers begins in the summer of 1932 as India seeks independence from Britain.

The first series, which is still on air, stars Julie Walters and is proving successful for Channel 4, who announced last week that the premier episode was its highest rated original UK drama in 20 years. The first episode consolidated to a massive 5.3 million viewers.

Created by Paul Rutman, the series is co-produced with Masterpiece on PBS.

“Paul Rutman’s unique perspective on the British Raj has lit up Channel 4 on a Sunday night and we’re delighted to be working with New Pictures again to bring viewers the next chapter of this gripping saga.” – Head of Drama, Channel 4, Piers Wenger

The latest episode of Indian Summers, screened last night on Channel 4, gained an overnight audience of 1.8 million viewers. Despite a drop from last week, where it was over 2 million, it is expected consolidated figures which take into account recording and catch up will increase the overall numbers.

Indian Summers airs Sunday’s on Channel 4.

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