THE INDIAN DOCTOR: Season 2
Saturdays, July 24 - Aug. 21, 2021 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV / On Demand
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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THE INDIAN DOCTOR is a comedy drama set in the 1960s following a high-flying Delhi graduate Dr. Prem Sharma (Sanjeev Bhaskar) and his wife Kamini's (Ayesha Dharker) new life in a Welsh coal mining town. Once in Wales, they quickly become embroiled in the lives of the villagers, although the regal Kamini is determined they are leaving as soon as possible.
In Season 2, Prem faces a new adversary: evangelist preacher Herbert Todd. When an outbreak of smallpox threatens to bring catastrophe to the village, Prem finds himself fighting prejudice and incompetence while he tries to win the hearts and minds of the villagers over the bull-headed Todd. Also, Prem and his wife Kamini nervously await the arrival of his dreaded mother-in-law, Pushpa.
Episode 1: “Foreign Bodies” airs Saturday, July 24 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV - Dr. Prem Sharma and his wife Kamini nervously await the arrival of his dreaded mother-in-law, Pushpa. With India gripped by the chaos of a smallpox epidemic, Pushpa is taking the opportunity for a long-overdue inspection of her daughter's new life – and the son-in-law of whom she doesn't approve.
Meanwhile, evangelist preacher Reverend Todd is struggling to control his pretty teenage daughter Verity, who is home from boarding school for the summer. He is preparing a slide presentation of his missionary work in Africa, and hopes to win a few new souls for his congregation.
Prem's young receptionist Gina is desperate that the new reverend baptise her baby, but because the child was born out of wedlock, Todd refuses. Local copper Emlyn visits the doctor thinking he is suffering from depression – or is it just boredom? Prem suggests Emlyn find some diversions from his routine, with awkward consequences.
Episode 2: "Immunity" airs Saturday, July 31 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV - Dr. Prem Sharma finds himself under pressure to track down and save Dan before it is too late. Facing the threat of an epidemic, Prem has to battle both the ineptitude of the health authorities and the ignorance of locals.
When Herbert Todd, Trefelin's evangelist minister, refuses to be vaccinated and openly defies Prem's attempts to contain the virus, the conflict between them threatens to divide the village.
While Prem and Todd battle for the hearts and minds of the villagers, Sergeant Emlyn Dawkins has been up all night composing a love letter to the unsuspecting Megan. How will she react when the previously tongue-tied copper puts his innermost thoughts down on paper?
Episode 3: "The Miracle" airs Saturday, Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV - Trefelin is deserted as Prem waits for a vaccination unit to arrive from Cardiff. But Reverend Todd is still determined that only he can save the village, and wastes no time in telling the villagers that God has stepped in where Prem's medicine has failed.
The community seems oblivious to the deadly outbreak that it faces, and Prem seems to be losing the fight. While Prem tries in vain to round up the villagers for immediate vaccination,
Todd discovers his daughter Verity's affair with a married man and decides on a severe punishment. An exasperated Prem decides to call in the law to help him. His battle with Todd for control over the village reaches a head when suddenly another man falls seriously ill.
Episode 4: "Quarantine" airs Saturday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV - With Trefelin under quarantine, supplies are getting low. Despite Prem's attempts to piece together the evidence, the real source of the outbreak is still unknown.
As one-by-one the miners who played cards in Ceri's barn fall victim to the virus, it seems that Dan knows more than he is letting on about how he fell ill.
Meanwhile, Megan is helping Emlyn keep law and order, and between them they come up with a plan to get more food from the next village. It seems that things are finally getting back to normal, until Mary arrives with some terrible news.
Episode 5 - "The Source" airs Saturday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV - Reporters gather at the surgery to hear that the outbreak of smallpox in Trefelin is finally under control. But Prem is not convinced that they have managed to locate the real source of the disease, so the village is still not safe.
Reverend Todd struggles to maintain his authority, not least over his wayward daughter Verity, whom he has locked away from prying eyes. When her guilt-stricken lover confides in Prem, he begins a frantic search for Verity. Local copper Emlyn makes the most important declaration of his life, and Megan has to make a difficult decision.
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A Look Ahead: Season 3
(Premieres Saturday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV)
In Season 3, set three years after Prem and Kamini's arrival, they have become very much a part of the Trefelin community. But their lives and those of everyone in the village are about to change when the wild and rambunctious sons of the mine owner return to bring a first real taste of the swinging '60s.
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