Wales turns the clock back for The Indian Doctor

Award-winning 60s drama The Indian Doctor is back on BBC One all this week and finds Dr Prem Sharma and his wife Kamini settled into the Welsh mining village of Trefelin.

It’s been a year since the doctor, played by Sanjeev Bhaskar and his wife (Ayesha Dharker) arrived from India to start a new life and in the main, they’ve been accepted by the locals.

But as Prem’s mother-in-law arrives for a visit from India and the village faces a terrifying outbreak of small-pox, unfounded prejudices rear their ugly heads as some locals put two and two together and make five.

Filming for the first and current series took place in the town of Blaenavon, south eastern Wales.

Viewers may well have recognised the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway at which Kamini’s mum arrived in Monday’s episode and has also popped up in other dramas including Doctor Who.

Other locations used for the series were Llantrisant and Rhondda Heritage Park, both of which are in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Sanjeev Bhaskar who shot to fame in Goodness Gracious Me said he loved filming in Wales and loved going back to the 60s.

He wrote on a BBC TV Blog: “There were so many highlights – it was probably the best telly experience I’ve had in the last five years. I tried to learn two Welsh words a day. Everyone from the make-up department to sound and cameras pitched in with suggestions – that was fun.

“No lowlights I can think of at all, but the ‘oddlight’ was driving to Cardiff from London and having to pay the toll when you cross the Severn Bridge. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was entering a giant theme park called Wales.”

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