New BBC serial on NRI doctors

BBC will soon come up with a serial titled ‘The Indian Doctor’. The ubiquitous presence of Indian doctors in Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is the focus of this new drama.

The lead character, Dr Prem Patel, will be played by the noted Indian-origin British actor, Sanjeev Bhaskar, whose popular television appearances include ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ and ‘The Kumars at No. 42’. Bhaskar said he was looking forward to playing the role in the drama, which is set in the 1960s, when one of the largest number of Indian doctors migrated to Britain. Most doctors from this group have now retired or are on the verge of retirement. The five-part drama series sees Dr Prem Patel migrating from India to a small Welsh village. The drama will be shown in the daytime and is being broadcast to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the sixties. It revolves around Dr Prem Patel, one of the thousands of doctors who, encouraged by former minister of health, Enoch Powell, moved from the Indian subcontinent to the UK to begin new lives.

The BBC controller, Ms Liam Keelan, said, "The story of the doctors who came to the UK from the Indian subcontinent is one that hasn’t been widely told, so it’s really exciting to be able to commission ‘The Indian Doctor’.

The drama is being produced by Rondo Media.(PTI)

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