U.K.'s Channel 4 Confirms Second Season of 'Indian Summers'

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Set in 1932, the drama, which stars Julie Walters, depicts the British colonial occupation of India.

Period drama Indian Summers will return for a second season, Channel 4 has confirmed. 

Despite being three episodes into its debut, the heavily hyped show that stars Julie Walters has been renewed for an additional 10-episode season to screen in 2016. 

Set in 1932, Indian Summers follows the drama of competing British colonial families who summer in Shimla, a town in the foothills of the Himalayas. The exploits and intrigue of the ex-pats is in contrast to a local population striving for independence. The next season will move the action to 1935.

Described as a cross between Jewel in the Crown and Downton Abbey, Indian Summers has had a great amount of U.K. media attention thrust upon it, and the critical success and strong early audience figures for the 10-part drama convinced Channel 4 to lock in a second season. 

Indian Summers will air in the U.S. on Masterpiece on PBS in the fall.