The BEST Episodes of Indian Summers

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 8, 2020

Network: Channel 4

Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, the drama tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, from both sides of the experience. But at the heart of the story lie the implications and ramifications of the tangled web of passions, rivalries and clashes that define the lives of those brought together in this summer which will change everything.

Episode 10

#1 - Episode 10

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 19, 2015

It's the end of the summer season and Ramu's fate is left in Ralph's hands. Now he knows the truth behind the murder, will he let an innocent man hang? A vote takes place at the club to lift the colour bar, and although Ronnie tells Cynthia it was on Willingdon's orders, she knows it's really an act of vengeance by Ralph following their recent argument. Alice and Aafrin go public with their relationship, while Sarah is distraught as she prepares to say goodbye to India and her husband.

star 8.08
84 votes
Directors: David Moore
Writers: Paul Rutman
Leaving Home

#2 - Leaving Home

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 15, 2016

Alice and Charlie prepare to leave India for good. Ralph and Aafrin make momentous decisions about their careers. Cynthia is in a bidding war as Chotipool goes under the hammer.

star 8.04
108 votes
Episode 8

#3 - Episode 8

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 5, 2015

The British community turn out in force for the murder trial. Ian is wracked with guilt about his part in Ramu's arrest and Leena is torn apart in the witness box.

star 7.94
78 votes
Directors: David Moore
Writers: Anna Symon
Episode 1

#4 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 15, 2015

Ralph Whelan and the rest of the Indian Civil Service begin the annual move to Simla where the doyenne of British society Cynthia Coffin prepares the exclusive white British Club for the summer season.

star 7.93
163 votes
Directors: Anand Tucker
Writers: Paul Rutman
The Birthday Party

#5 - The Birthday Party

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 1, 2016

Alice and Aafrin decide to flee Simla with Cynthia's help, but Charlie comes close to unveiling the truth, while Ian discovers some devastating information about Ramu Sood.

star 7.92
101 votes
Directors: Paul Wilmshurst
Writers: Anna Symon
Winner Takes All

#6 - Winner Takes All

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 8, 2016

Ralph's life spirals out of control. The announcement of the new Viceroy leaves his ambitions in tatters, and he realises those closest have been conspiring behind his back.

star 7.86
102 votes
A Gift For The King

#7 - A Gift For The King

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 17, 2016

As Simla gathers to celebrate King George's Silver Jubilee, Aafrin is trapped in a nightmare - the terrorist Naresh Banerjee is plotting a bomb strike at the picnic.

star 7.81
107 votes
Writers: Paul Rutman
Episode 9

#8 - Episode 9

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 12, 2015

Madeleine is dealt some devastating news, and Alice is terrified when Sarah threatens to tell everyone that Alice's husband is alive. Tensions between Ralph and Cynthia escalate.

star 7.79
76 votes
Directors: David Moore
Writers: Paul Rutman
Hide and Seek

#9 - Hide and Seek

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 10, 2016

A badly burned Lord Hawthorne demands Adam be arrested for the attack against him. Ralph and Cynthia try to find a way to protect the boy, when everyone's lives are thrown into chaos as a devastating earthquake strikes Simla. In the ensuing chaos, Ralph discovers a secret concerning his family history that threatens his relationship with Cynthia, while Alice finally stands up to her abusive husband.

star 7.65
110 votes
Writers: Paul Rutman
The Empty Chair

#10 - The Empty Chair

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 3, 2016

A fashion show at the club ends with a horrifying attack on one of the guests. Ralph plays detective to find the culpit, but the truth is worse than he could have imagined.

star 7.65
100 votes
Episode 7

#11 - Episode 7

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 29, 2015

Simla is buzzing as it prepares for the annual amateur dramatic production, but the play is overshadowed by the news that a murder victim has been found in the river.

star 7.64
89 votes
Directors: Jamie Payne
Writers: Lisa McGee
White Gods

#12 - White Gods

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 27, 2016

Aafrin's troubles deepen as his personal and political worlds collide, while Ralph needs to befriend the slippery but powerful Maharajah of Amritpur and his mistress Sirene

star 7.63
112 votes
Episode 3

#13 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 1, 2015

It's the Sipi Fair in Simla, the only time in the year that the Indian community are allowed onto the grounds of the British Club.

star 7.63
120 votes
Directors: Anand Tucker
Writers: Nicole Taylor
Episode 6

#14 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 22, 2015

The pressure continues to mount on Ralph as Jaya reveals the real reason for her visit to Simla. A mountaineer saves Alice, Madeleine and Ronnie from a perilous situation.

star 7.61
106 votes
Directors: Jamie Payne
Writers: Paul Rutman
Black Kite

#15 - Black Kite

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 20, 2016

Aafrin's wounded comrade Naresh is convinced someone has betrayed him.

star 7.59
103 votes
The Proposal

#16 - The Proposal

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 24, 2016

The Maharajah returns to Simla, and offers Ralph his political support - at a price. Ralph is forced to consider how far he is prepared to go to achieve his ambitions as his marriage enters its darkest hour. Sarah also returns to help with the aftermath of the bombing, and her appearance prompts Cynthia to reveal a secret from her past.

star 7.58
98 votes
Directors: Paul Wilmshurst
Writers: Paul Rutman
Episode 2

#17 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 22, 2015

Sarah becomes suspicious of Alice's past and begins some detective work to uncover the real reasons behind her move to India.

star 7.33
137 votes
Directors: Anand Tucker
Writers: Paul Rutman
Episode 5

#18 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 15, 2015

Ralph tries to take advantage of divisions among the Indian communities. Cynthia is shocked by Eugene's revelation about his finances. Sarah places Alice in a very difficult position.

star 7.32
117 votes
Directors: Jamie Payne
Writers: Paul Rutman
Indian Man, British Suit

#19 - Indian Man, British Suit

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 13, 2016

The epic drama picks up in 1935. A terrorist attack against the British Viceroy of India puts Aafrin in the frame, while Cynthia urges Ralph to make a play for the top job.

star 7.21
112 votes
Episode 4

#20 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 8, 2015

There's much excitement in Simla as the Viceroy arrives. Ralph is troubled when he discovers that the only evidence that linked Chandru Mohan to the Congress Party is missing.

star 7.18
110 votes
Directors: Anand Tucker
Writers: Paul Rutman