‘Behind The Scenes’ of Beecham House and Blinded By The Light with Gurinder Chadha

This episode of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Behind The Scenes’ was recorded with Gurinder in Jaipur in India, the setting for the TV series Beecham House which will be broadcast in June 2019. We hear how Gurinder handles the “logistical nightmares” of filming in India but how she insists on absolute diversity and parity between Indian and British cast and crew.

This project overlaps with another, Blinded By The Light – a feature film fashioned from a memoir by Sarfraz Manzoor about a Pakistani boy growing up in Luton in the 1980s. The boy finds inspiration and escape in the words and music of Bruce Springsteen. Radio 4 follow Gurinder to the Sundance film festival where the film is the big hit of the event.

So, from India in 1795 to Luton in 1987, Gurinder advances the cause of diversity in British television and film and, in the programme, we are strongly reminded of not just her talent, but her irrepressible spirit. Noma Domezweni narrates.

Produced by Susan Marling

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4

First aired 22nd May 2019

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References are made in the feature to Beecham House and Blinded By The Light. Video and information on these are available using the following buttons:

Beecham House Blinded By The Light