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Absolutely India: Mancs in Mumbai

  • Episode:

    6 of 6

  • Transmission (TX):

    Wed 03 Jun 2020

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    8.00pm - 8.30pm

  • Week:

    Week 23 2020 : Sat 30 May - Fri 05 Jun

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Tue 19 May 2020

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Series overview

The Thomas Brothers have been entertaining viewers for 20 years on some of the UK’s most popular TV shows. This new six-part series sees the celebrity siblings like we’ve never seen them before, as they embark on a trip of a lifetime to explore their Indian heritage. 

Joined by father Dougie, a music promoter and lead singer of 70s band Dougie James and the Soul Train, the Thomas Brothers head on the ultimate journey of discovery, exploring their Indian roots in the hope of seeking out long lost relatives. Along the way, the family will provide their distinctive take on this colourful country bringing their brotherly warmth and affection along with their infectious humour.  

Leaving life in Manchester behind, the boys experience all that India has to offer, from the iconic sights of Mumbai to the glorious beaches of Goa. As the lads immerse themselves in the culture of a country that plays a huge part in their family history, viewers also get an insight into the boy’s undeniable bond as brothers. 

Episode 6

In this final episode the brothers and Dougie are saying their goodbyes to Mumbai and heading to a family festival with a difference to bring their time in India to a close.

Before they leave the city behind, word about their search for family has spread and the lads are asked to appear on a local news report with the stunning King Shivaji museum as a backdrop. But it's not exactly what they were expecting...the weather is similar to wet and rainy Manchester, the crew are shooting the interview on a phone and the reporter tells the boys he understands they're best known back in the UK as magicians.

Their final stop in Mumbai is for a special meeting with 85 year old Norma Otter. Norma was a team-mate of Dougie's international hockey star aunt, Pansy Thomas. Pansy represented India at international level in the 1950's and Norma shares how her diminutive stature coupled with powerful play earned her the nickname 'The Mighty Atom'. Following the chat Norma encourages the boys to take on the junior girl's hockey team who are training nearby. It's not long before the Thomas's realise hockey talent doesn't exactly run in the family.

It's off to Mumbai's main train station next, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, an impressive UNESCO World Heritage building. The family wave a final goodbye to the 'city of dreams' as they board one of India's iconic trains to make the 200km journey east to Jejuri, a small town with a big festival. 

They arrive in Jejuri in the midst of the 100,000 festival goers who are there to take part in what's known as the Golden Festival.  After climbing the 400 steps to the temple where the main action takes place Ryan, Adam and Scott are greeted by the site of thousands of festival-goers bathed in a yellow glow and they're soon throwing themselves into the ritual themselves. After being joined by Dougie the four of them reflect on the trip and agree it's helped them them feel closer to their roots and stronger as a family.