UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned the new three-part docuseries, Joanna Lumley’s India from Burning Bright.
In this series, Lumley returns to India, the country she was born, to embrace the cultures and celebrations of the nation. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Independence of India and 2017 is also the “UK-India Year of Culture,” marking the close relations between the two countries.
Lumley was born in India in the last days of The Raj. The country was home to both sides of her family for generations. While back in her birth country, she will spend time in the place where her maternal grandparents lived in the 20s and 30s, when her grandfather, Lieutenant-Colonel Leslie Weir, was the political officer of Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet.
The actress will travel the length and breadth of India, over 5,000 miles, for an immersive exploration of its diverse landscapes and different cultural traditions, while discovering how independence has shaped it into the constantly evolving country it is today.
Meeting a diverse mix of people, Lumley will draw on her connections and experience to celebrate her own family history and memories along the way.
“Joanna Lumley is currently making the very best travelogues on British television. There is no-one better to guide the ITV viewer through this amazing country,” said Clive Tulloh, executive producer at Burning Bright, in a statement.
Joanna Lumley’s India will air on ITV in the fall.