What to Expect From Indian Summers Season 2 (SPOILERS)

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Indian Summers is almost back — series 2 has just been airing on British TV in spring 2016. So I thought it was time to give those elsewhere a sneak peak at what’s coming up, both plot- and costume-wise, whenever this hits American/etc. shores. (Although there’s no air date yet, PBS has said that they’ll be showing season 2).

Now, this post is going to be SPOILER-Y, but I’m going to try to keep it on the Spoilers Lite side of things. So, if you don’t want to know ANYTHING about what’s coming in season 2, this post isn’t for you! If you don’t mind seeing some visuals and getting some vague hints as to where the plot goes, read on.

Sadly, the first thing to report is that season 2 of Indian Summers hasn’t done as well in the UK, which means it’s been cancelled. I’m bummed, because I’m invested in these characters! According to The Week, season 2 has a “constipated plot,” which I don’t agree with. I’ve been happy to see new directions and layers to characters and storylines! So, bah.

 

New Costume Designer for Indian Summers Season 2

Wendy Cork (Banished) has replaced Nic Ede for series 2. Sadly, that’s about all I can find out, as there’s no news articles featuring her. It seems pretty typical for the costume designer on a TV series to change by season — it doesn’t always happen, but I’d estimate about 50% of the time according to my unscientific knowledge.

Probably the main highlight costume-wise is that in episode 4, there’s a faaaaaabulous fashion show at the Royal Simla Club. It’s organized by Madeleine, and the styles shown are really great — not just what’s fashionable, but what’s cutting-edge, theatrical, and daring!

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Madeleine in a sparkly gold sheer thingie — is this a bathing suit or a Busby Berkeley-style evening ensemble?

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Not sure, but she looks divine.

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Yes, that’s Leena looking excessively elegant. We’ll discuss her more in a moment.

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So Grecian and beautiful!

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Daw, super cute tropical print swim/sun suit with matching robe and huge hat!

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Printed velvet with a dramatic stole.

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Cynthia is at first resistant to this whole shebang, but she melts when they put her into this dramatic blue velvet robe with dramatic black appliques. Note servant holding peacock fan behind her.

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Oh yeah, she’s miserable!

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At first Alice isn’t going to participate, but then she changes her mind and comes out all sleek and The Thin Man elegant in this black evening dress.

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Backless!

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Such a great style on her.

 

New Characters in Indian Summers Season 2

It’s now about 2-3 years on from season 1, and there are a couple of important new characters, including:

Charlie Havistock

Alice Whelan Havistock’s husband has shown up, and now we can really see why Alice deserted him. He’s played by Blake Ritson (Emma, Upstairs Downstairs, World Without End) and at first he seems like a charming 1930s playboy type … but then you realize that all his solicitousness and debonair aura are a cover-up for seething resentment and emotional abuse. Poor Alice.

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Charlie Havistock

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Such a happy family! Oh wait…

Kaira Das

Kaira is Aafrin’s partner in anti-British activism. And maybe something else…

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Kaira Das

Naresh Banerjee

Another anti-British activist, but one who is willing to do anything to achieve his political aims, causing great anguish for Aafrin.

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Naresh Banerjee

The Maharajah

Sadly, this one doesn’t like puppies like the one in the first season. But this Maharajah (1) is important politically to Ralph, (2) is totally Anglicized, (3) is all about the power to be a dick, and (4) likes the ladies.

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The Maharajah

Sirene

An Australian woman who is the Maharajah’s “wife.” She’s a new friend for Madeleine, has a great backstory, and is very much a good-time girl. She’s played by Rachel Griffiths (Muriel’s Wedding, Six Feet Under).

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Sirene

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Who maybe wasn’t always Sirene, and is very much looking out for #1.

 

New Directions for Returning Indian Summers‘ Characters

Cynthia

She’s back on top, and most important, back in with Ralph. As ever, she’s machinating from her club on top of the hill.

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Still queen of the club…

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Back to besties with Ralph.

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Still scheming, and still judging you.

Ralph

He’s all about gunning for the viceroy position this season and is prepared to do just about anything to get it. He’s also still busy protecting Alice, doubly so now that Charlie has turned up.

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Still the man in charge.

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Still dapper as all get-out.

Madeleine

Happily(ish) married to Ralph, she’s the perfect regal politician’s wife that we all thought she’d be. I am annoyed that they haven’t tweaked her hair one iota.

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SO Wallis Simpson.

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She does continue to rock the fabulous wardrobe.

Aafrin

Almost completely disillusioned by the British — or is he? Aafrin has spent the past three years in Delhi, and he’s gotten very politicized during that time. He is, however, still the warm-hearted guy we know and love underneath.

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Lips are still pillowy – yay!

Alice

Mostly dealing with shithead husband Charlie. Also, has randomly bobbed her hair — when she wears it styled, it’s great, very 1930s. But this was a period in which women were growing their hair out, not cutting it shorter, so I’m confused as to why it’s shorter than it was in season 1.

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Alice has shit to bear.

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Namely, a shitty husband.

But despite Alice’s husband turning up, and Aafrin’s new relationships, that’s not to say that the two of them don’t still have a connection…

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rrrrr

Sooni

Actually relatively happy! She’s still political, and still misunderstanding her brother, but she pursues some new friendships and that leads her to some interesting places.

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Sooni

Ian

Gone “full native.” He’s very at peace with the world, despite knowing that it sucks, because he lives full-time up on his tea plantation and basically hangs out with his Indian workers. Screw this whole British society thing.

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Ian

His friendship with Sooni is still warm, but it leads to a complicated triangle with her and newspaper writer Naseem Ali Khan.

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Where will this triangle end up?

Sarah and Dougie

Shockingly, they have achieved a rapprochement! Doubly shockingly, Dougie has shaved, although I can’t find photographic proof for you! Triply shockingly, things happen in Sarah’s life that, while she reacts to them in typical annoying Sarah fashion, will actually make you have sympathy for her! No more feeding Sarah to the tiger!

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Poor Sarah!

Leena and Adam

Leena has had it REALLY rough in the intervening years, but luckily Alice finds her and helps her out… and suddenly Leena gets all British-chic. No more frumpy hand-me-downs for her! Unfortunately, this leads to some issues for her…

Meanwhile, Ralph hires Adam as a servant, but even more interestingly, the two develop a (super complicated) somewhat caring relationship!

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Leena (center) and Adam (left)

The Dalals

Aafrin continues to work his way up the British government, so they are actually doing pretty well! Instead of the shabby lodgings that they had in season 1, they’re living in a house very similar to Sarah and Dougie’s middle-class abode, and hanging out at the club with Aafrin semi-regularly.

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Aafrin, Sooni, Roshana, Darius, and Shamshad Dalal.

 

Will you be tuning in for Indian Summers season 2? Or have you already watched it?

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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

5 Responses

  1. Susan Pola

    Yes! I cannot wait for it. Wendy Cork’s fashions are, dare I say it? TDF. Especially Madeleine (Team Madeleine all the way), Lena, Sirene and HH the Maharajah.
    If not tiger, can I feed Sarah to Drogon? She’s going to have to change majorly, say either Mother Teresa and Princess Di, to make me NOT want to feed her to either a tiger or Drogon.
    Hope, PBS can save show for a season 3.

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  2. Broughps

    I’ve seen the first couple of eps and was thrown off at first not realizing there was a jump in time. It’s still good and I have you guys in the back of my head making me look at costumes and wondering how authentic they are. lol

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  3. Fanny/iz4blue

    Yep! Watched it already, for I’m to impatient to wait. It was glorious and I’m looking forward to riding that rollercoaster again; savoring the sights: landscape and wardrobe. I really hope the writer will have success taking it elsewhere.

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  4. Shirley

    I’m really looking forward to season 2, though I’m sad it was cancelled. I watched season 1 a few weeks ago, largely because the Frock Flicks recaps piqued my interest. I really enjoyed the show and am looking forward to your coverage of season 2!

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  5. Janette

    I just caught up with season one. Took a while (a couple of episodes) to warm to the characters but now I am hooked and really looking forward to the season two blog. Glad to see that all my favourite characters, the Dalals, Leena, Ian and even muddled up Ralphie are back in season two. Lots of fabulous costumes to look forward to too.

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