What time is A Suitable Boy on BBC One, how many episodes are there and what's it about?

BBC One's A Suitable Boy has been described as a landmark series.

Set against a newly-partitioned India, A Suitable Boy is adapted from Vikram Seth's novel of the same name – one of the longest books in English.

What time is A Suitable Boy on BBC One?

The new series launched on BBC One on Sunday, July 26, at 9pm.

Episode 4 is on TONIGHT (August 16) on BBC1 at 9pm.

Netflix has also bought the rights to the drama, meaning it will be available on the platform abroad.

The Netflix release date is not yet known.

How many episodes of A Suitable Boy are there?

Seth’s original novel is one of the longest books ever published, at 1,349 pages long.

It is split into six parts and will be available on iPlayer after it airs.

Writer Andrew Davies is overseeing the process of telling the book's story into just six episodes.

Davies is used to adapting novels and has been responsible for the BBC's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, War & Peace and Les Miserables.

What is A Suitable Boy about?

A Suitable Boy is set in 1951, in the aftermath of the 1947 Partition of India.

The storyline is set against the background of India being split into a newly-bordered India and Pakistan – which displaced 10 million and triggered a refugee crisis on both sides of the divide.

The series centres around the story of Lata, and her mother, Rupa's, efforts to arrange her marriage to a "suitable boy"

Spirited Lata has her own plans and tells her mother she doesn't want to get married.

She embarks on her own journey, where she meets a mysterious boy and falls in love.

BBC commissioning editor Mona Qureshi has said the series is “a landmark.”

She added: “With a novel like this, where there aren’t characters who are white, it makes sense to have an all south Asian cast. It has been a long time coming.”

The new series will be directed by Mira Nair, who has directed other award-winning films about the Indian experience, such as Monsoon Wedding and The Namesake.

Nair said: “Vikram tells the story of a free India and our people with wit, clarity and love – I am deeply honoured to be the one bringing this intimate, epic tale of an unseen India to the world.

“Today, A Suitable Boy is timelier than ever.

"With a mix of legendary and cutting-edge actors from the subcontinent, shooting entirely on location in palaces, villages and streets across northern India, we will keep the history and dream of an alternate India alive.”

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