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The Indian Doctor (BBC) [DVD]

Sanjeev Bhaskar , Ayesha Dharker    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Ayesha Dharker, Mark Williams
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: IMC Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HPF482
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,202 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The life of a South Wales mining village is changed for ever when a doctor and his wife arrive from the Indian sub-continent in the Sixties. Starring Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars At No. 42), Ayesha Dharker (Coronation Street, Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter, The Fast Show), the series tells the story of Dr Prem Sharma, a high-flying Delhi graduate who arrives in the UK in 1963 as part of the "first wave" of Indian doctors wooed by the then health minister, Enoch Powell. Prem and his wife, Kamini, want to build a new life for themselves following a family tragedy but, rather than finding a glamorous job as a consultant in London, they find themselves in the sleepy Welsh coal mining village of Trefelin. The local doctor has died and Prem is his replacement. Prem isn't quite the new doctor that the locals expected to get and they're not the only ones who are shocked: Prem's regal wife isn't too happy with the situation either. Life in the village centres on the pit and the Coal Board's local manager, Richard Sharpe, is keen to welcome the new arrivals but he also has a few skeletons in his closet and is very concerned about the whereabouts of the previous doctor's green leather diary... Meanwhile, as Prem strikes up some new friendships and starts to settle into life in the Valleys, Kamini is determined they are leaving as soon as possible. It won't be plain sailing and Prem quickly starts to realise that things are not quite as they should be.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The life of a South Wales mining village is changed for ever when a doctor and his wife arrive from the Indian sub-continent in the Sixties. Starring Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars At No. 42), Ayesha Dharker (Coronation Street, Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter, The Fast Show), the series tells the story of Dr Prem Sharma, a high-flying Delhi graduate who arrives in the UK in 1963 as part of the 'first wave' of Indian doctors wooed by the then health minister, Enoch Powell. Prem and his wife, Kamini, want to build a new life for themselves following a family tragedy but, rather than finding a glamorous job as a consultant in London, they find themselves in the sleepy Welsh coal mining village of Trefelin.
The local doctor has died and Prem is his replacement. Prem isn't quite the new doctor that the locals expected to get and they're not the only ones who are shocked: Prem's regal wife isn't too happy with the situation either. Life in the village centres on the pit and the Coal Board's local manager, Richard Sharpe, is keen to welcome the new arrivals - but he also has a few skeletons in his closet and is very concerned about the whereabouts of the previous doctor's green leather diary... Meanwhile, as Prem strikes up some new friendships and starts to settle into life in the Valleys, Kamini is determined they are leaving as soon as possible. It won't be plain sailing and Prem quickly starts to realise that things are not quite as they should be. ...The Indian Doctor


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4.8 out of 5 stars
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exelent drama ten stars 16 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
I thought the show was one of the best dramas I have watched for a long time. I saw it the first time during a run in the early afternoon and thought it should have had a wider audiance; which it did later in the year. Sanjeev Bhaskar does a great job as the doctor, but I think his wife is played so much better by Ayesha Dharker. It is very gritty and true to life. A bit slow to start with, but builds up to a great performance by all concerned. This is a drama that everybody should watch at least twice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, interesting, different.... 30 May 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Having once lived in the Rhondda Fach Valley of south Wales, I knew all too well of the abundance of Indian and Pakistani doctors whose first posts were in these deprived areas, populated by many sick residents. To many in the profession, such postings were no doubt seen as the short straws but for keen (and grateful?) immigrant doctors, it was - and is - probably the only way to reside in the U.K and practice as a GP.

I happened to chance upon it, like many, I'm sure by leaving BBC 1 on after the lunchtime news. All my misgivings and dreads that it was going to cheapen the very communities were unfounded and Sanjeev Baskar, as the doctor in question, an inspired choice, though whether his English would be THAT good is questionable. I'm sure his character wife's concerns and dreads were actually echoed from real feelings that such wives would have had.

The period detail throughout was exemplerary, though the camera was usually fairly static and so tended to just show one or two houses in a terrace, that could have been made up to look like the 1950's.

The romance side was fairly ridiculous but without wanting to be patronising, the target audience would have probably appreciated it more than I. That's probably why I've docked a star.

What was interesting and welcome, and done in an accessible way, was the scourge of Valley life for those who worked underground - coal dust in the lungs. Our good doctor starts a campaign for the screening and treatment of the disease and gently takes the side of miners' rights, rather than the rich mine-owners, whose wealth gave them unfair advantage in a pre-NHS Britain and of course, could pay the doctor for his services, whereas the poor couldn't.

I, like many, believe that the quality of these short-lived lunchtime series put many prime-time dramas to shame and should have at least been repeated in the evening, for the majority to also enjoy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best 6 Aug 2011
Format:DVD
this series was one of the best from the bbc i only wish thay had done more only 5 episode's i could watch this all evening its funny, series ,sad ,the lot and great acting if there was 6 stars i would give it
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Indian Doctor 29 Oct 2011
By Guru
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Fantastic DVD set and really pleased that the Beeb is producing a sequel. Can't wait! The acting is superb and the setting in Wales quite exquisite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Indian Doctor 1 Mar 2012
By Val
Format:DVD
Brilliant series. The acting is superb as is the story line. A pity it was limited to 2 series it is worth so much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Change 2 Nov 2013
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A refreshing series - no violence, foul language or nudity. Just good acting - makes a nice change from today's usual rubbish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Indian Doctor 25 Oct 2013
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I know it may sound daft but here we have a cast of top actors in a delightful script of 'reverse colonialism'. Absolutely brilliant.

Barry Edge
Kewdale
Western Australia
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Don't miss this superb series. 19 Mar 2013
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I watched the first episode on my laptop whilst on a business trip and I was so impressed that I bought the series. I sat down with my wife and teenage children who, unsurprisingly, found the series hilarious. So much so that we have watched it time and time again and still found it to be funny. It is a brilliant series and well worth watching. One of the best series I have seen in a very long time that deserves six stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Check it out
Good program one to watch
Published 10 days ago by Raftman
5.0 out of 5 stars perfection
I wish all TV dramas were a tenth as good as this. What amazing acting, fabulous story and beautiful scenery. Why not have it on an evening in future or is not smutty enough? Read more
Published 1 month ago by GRAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
Bought for a friend in Scotland where the series had not been shown, we know she will love it as much as we did.
Published 6 months ago by Tricia E
5.0 out of 5 stars well plotted with a touch of humour and great music
Loved it. Great viewing . central characters great return to a gentler time with a touch of humour. Music also great
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Indian Doctor
Terribly disappointed that there were only 5 episodes in Series 1 that I purchased.
Why??
Every other television series that I have purchased (of which there are many )... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Margot Gilmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely gentle comedy /drama
A lovely comedy drama set in Wales in the early sixties . Captures that era well .Sanjeev plays a gentle doctor very well and the actress who plays his wife is very beautiful and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by kamal
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillaint series
I love the first series as I first saw it on the BBC, but unfortunately the second series doesn't seem to have been released on DVD, which I would love to get.
Published 17 months ago by Metro Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The Indian Doctor is one of the best series I have seen. It is a wonderful mix of Indian and Welsh culture.
Brilliant acting, and a lovely, wholesome story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Series
I saw this on TV and purchased it so I can watch it again. Very good series but for some reason I feel that the description is not enough and is hard to know if you have complete... Read more
Published 20 months ago by wilson mbao
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