British Raj epic novel to be recreated as TV series made in India and London

One of the best known novels about the British Raj is to be recreated as a £110m TV series made in India and London.

The production deal to turn The Far Pavilions into a 30-episode drama was announced by London mayor Sadiq Khan on a visit to Mumbai - writes

MM Kaye’s epic novel about an English army officer was previously a 1980s mini series and a short-lived West End musical which closed in 2005.

The new series was described by City Hall as a record UK-India co-production. Location filming will be in India but post-production work will take place in London.

The show will be produced by Bollywood-based Britain Michael E Ward who was behind the West End show.

Having based myself in Mumbai for most of the last decade, I’m excited to spearhead the Indian end of this international collaboration.


The mayor hopes to persuade Bollywood producers and directors to consider using a proposed new film studio in Dagenham.

I’m delighted to announce this landmark collaboration on The Far Pavilions. It represents the best of British and Indian talent and sends a clear message to the rest of the world that London is open to partnerships, to collaboration, to creativity and for business.


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