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British Raj epic novel to be recreated as TV series made in India and London

One of the best known novels about the British Raj is to be recreated as a £110m TV series made in India and London.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan poses for a photograph with young footballers and Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor Credit: PA

The production deal to turn The Far Pavilions into a 30-episode drama was announced by London mayor Sadiq Khan on a visit to Mumbai.

MM Kaye’s epic novel about an English army officer was previously a 1980s mini series and a short-lived West End musical which closed in 2005.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan poses for a photograph with young footballers and Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor Credit: PA

The new series was described by City Hall as a record UK-India co-production. Location filming will be in India but post-production work will take place in London.

The show will be produced by Bollywood-based Britain Michael E Ward who was behind the West End show.

Having based myself in Mumbai for most of the last decade, I’m excited to spearhead the Indian end of this international collaboration.

– MICHAEL WARD, PRODUCER

The mayor hopes to persuade Bollywood producers and directors to consider using a proposed new film studio in Dagenham.

I’m delighted to announce this landmark collaboration on The Far Pavilions. It represents the best of British and Indian talent and sends a clear message to the rest of the world that London is open to partnerships, to collaboration, to creativity and for business.

– SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON

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