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.”
The locations where Oscar-winning films were shot can expect an extra influx of visitors.
This year’s Oscar-nominated films have already inspired holiday makers with their fantastic locations driving them online to search for a similar holiday destination, according to lowcostholidays.com
The company, one of the top 10 UK travel websites, reports a huge surge in searches for holidays to Hawaii (pictured) up 70% year on year, hot on the heels of The Descendants. Prices for 14 nights in a 4 star hotel on the Hawaiian Island of Honolulu start from just £1,415 per person however George Clooney cannot be guaranteed to be found on the beach.
Searches for Paris are always popular but with Midnight in Paris, a nominee for Best Picture, short break bookings to Paris are up 215% year on year. The success of The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo has created interest in Sweden with a 100% year on year increase in searches for short breaks in Stockholm where prices for 3 nights start from £275 per person.
www.lowcostholidays.com has drawn up its own list of ‘Oscar’ winners based on holiday bookings and searches on their website with bookings for 2012 already up 52% year on year as more people book their holidays online than ever before.
“If you’re after true LA glamour and glitz, then head to Los Angeles, home of the Oscars, with prices in May starting from £975 per person for 7 nights at a 4 star hotel including flights,” says Matt Hall, Deputy Managing Director at lowcostholidays.com.
Great news for Foyle’s War fans – the wartime show starring Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks will return for a new series next year.
ITV has confirmed both stars have signed up to make three, two-hour films, set just after the end of World War II.
Penned by Anthony Horowitz, who also created Midsomer Murders, the series will see Christopher Foyle take up the post of Senior Intelligence Officer, helping to protect a changing post-war Britain.
Meanwhile, Honeysuckle Weeks’ character Samantha Stewart is now happily married and finds herself back working with her old boss, in a totally fresh job.
ITV’s Laura Mackie said: “We’re delighted to be bringing back one of ITV’s most original and successful crime titles. Anthony has found a brilliant and inventive way to move Foyle into the post-war era.”
Foyle’s War became an instant hit when it first appeared on our screens in 2002 and viewers recognised familiar landmarks in Hastings where most of the seven series were shot until 2010.
For instance, Foyle lives in Hastings and his address – Steep Street – was filmed at Croft Road in the old town, while The High Street, Post Office Passage and Church Street also popped up regularly in every series.