Indian author Vikram Seth’s novel, A Suitable Boy, will be adapted into a television series later this year. According to a Telegraph report, the novel will be adapted into an eight-part series with a script written by Andrew Davis. The series will be shot on location in India, and will feature an entirely non-white cast.
The shooting is expected to go on the floors later this year and will occupy the prime time slot in the BBC channel. The decision to cast an entirely non-white cast was made as the opposite would not be ‘appealing to the minorities’.
BBC’s head of drama, Piers Wenger is of the opinion that it is a “deliberate gamble” to adapt a drama with no white characters. “Historically, the story of British colonial rule has been the approach that British writers and producers have taken to telling a story set outside the UK,” he said.
A Suitable Boy was published in the year 1993 and is one of the longest novels ever published with 1,349 pages in total.
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