BBC commissions adaptation of A Suitable Boy

From left to right: Ishaan Khatter, Tabu, Tanya Maniktala (Credit: BBC)

The six-part drama is the first screen adaptation of the novel and will be shot entirely on location in palaces, villages and streets in Northern India.

The story follows Lata, played by rising star Tanya Maniktala, a spirited university student, coming of age in North India in 1951.

At the same time the country is going through significant change, getting ready for its first democratic general election and adjusting to life as an independent nation.

Game of Thrones's Amrita Acharia takes the lead in new medical drama

The show is written by Death in Paradise's Dan Sefton with scripts from Vinay Patel and Nancy Harris and was cast in both the UK and Mumbai.

It tells the story of a cottage hospital that remains a pillar of the local community, despite being dreadfully under-funded and staffed by overworked medics.

Lead actor Acharia played handmaiden Irri in the hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones before being killed off in season 2. 

Celebrities head to India for an exotic retirement

The Real Exotic Marigold Hotel

The film sees a group of British pensioners retire to India, where they move into a dilapidated hotel and try to adapt to life in a new environment.

In the BBC Two series The Real Marigold Hotel, actor Miriam Margolyes, dancer Wayne Sleep, actor Sylvester McCoy, comedian Roy Walker, chef Rosemary Shrager, darts champion Bobby George, singer Patti Boulaye and former news reader Jan Leeming will spend three weeks in India.