Saturday, 20 May 2017
Lord Louis Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville), arrives in India in 1947 with instructions to oversee the transition of that nation to independence after three centuries of British rule. He and his wife, Lady Edwina (Gillian Anderson), prove very different from their remote predecessors but are confronted with intransigent religious based factions unwilling to accommodate compromise over a nation's future.
'Viceroy's House' is a blend of 'Downton Abbey' meets 'Gandhi' with touches of the opulent privilege and frivolity of the former seasoned with the political seriousness of the latter. The blend is not entirely successful; a sort of bet each way really but it is a useful introduction to an important period in world history.