One of the longest novels ever published in the English language, A Suitable Boy details the lives of four Indian families living in post-British occupation India dealing with arranging marriages, racial castes, and the melting pot of identities and beliefs in one vast country.
A Suitable Boy is a drama miniseries written by Andrew Davies, adapted from the novel of the same name by Vikram Seth. The story is set in a newly independent India and follows four families. The title refers to a character called Mrs. Rupa Mehra looking for a ‘suitable boy’ for her daughter Lata.
The focus falls on Lata Mehra – the protagonist of the book and now TV show – as she contends with her arranged marriage, other love interests, and the strict approval of her family.
The first episode of Mira Nair’s series A Suitable Boy premiered on BBC One on Sunday night and it has earned fans’ approval. Starring Tanya Maniktala and Ishaan Khatter in the lead, the show is an adaptation of Vikram Seth’s popular novel.
How to watch A Suitable Boy on the BBC from abroad
If you’re currently living in the UK then watching A Suitable Boy is simple. If you’re abroad, however, things get a bit more complicated. Trying to tune in to BBC iPlayer will hit you with a geo-block telling you that you’re in the wrong country.
How to watch A Suitable Boy on the BBC in the UK