Growing up in a colonial enclave in India, the boy king abandoned his Sikh religion and signed away his ancient kingdom to the British – decisions he would come to bitterly regret. He moved as a teenager to Britain, where Queen Victoria became his godmother. Duleep Singh lived most of his adult life here as a supremely wealthy English country gentleman, part of the British social elite.
Under the tender process, the BBC retains all Intellectual Property rights for the programmes, which will continue to be shown on the BBC.
Written by William Ivory (Made in Dagenham, Burton and Taylor, Common as Muck), Torvill and Dean (1 x 120) stars Will Tudor (Humans, Shadowhunters, Mr Selfridge) as Dean and Poppy Lee Friar (Ackley Bridge, Eve, In the Club) as Torvill.
Billed as a “lavish new drama series,” the eight-hour series will be produced for the channel by Red Planet Pictures with co-production partners, MASTERPIECE based on Austen’s original 11-chapter fragment.
Tom Brittney has been named as the new Vicar of Grantchester, with his character, the Reverend Will Davenport, replacing James Norton’s Sidney Chambers who makes his final appearance during the fourth series.