All you need to know about the brand new series of Good Karma Hospital

We’re heading back to beautiful south India on Sunday 23 January as the medics of The Good Karma Hospital return to the wards for a fourth series.

As always, Dr Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman) is fighting to keep the under-resourced cottage hospital from going under. And this year, she also falls foul of local politics, while her relationship with Greg McConnell (Neil Morrissey) comes under threat.

But while Lydia faces drama, actress Amanda Redman, 64, has revealed that this was her favourite series to film so far.

"I had a bit of trepidation as I just couldn’t imagine what it would be like. But actually, it was the happiest time we’ve spent there," she said.

Here, the actress explains more about what's in store…

Hi, Amanda. What’s coming up for Lydia this year?

Well, she gets her comeuppance a couple of times, quite rightly! So she has to learn how to deal with that. And then a couple of things happen in her private life, which are quite exciting. The storylines are very different to the ones we’ve done before.

We also have the two new characters who come in to alleviate the pressure, as obviously Lydia is still running this hospital on a shoestring budget!

And there’s bother with boyfriend Greg, when she learns he has visa issues…

Yes, things are really good between them. They’ve just moved into a new house and are on an even keel. Then a really good fall comes!

The first episode covers a public health outbreak, which sounds quite close to home at the moment. How was that?

I think it was clever that they did it, but it wasn’t with Covid. It was great to show empathy with what people are going through.

This is your fourth series. Are you something of a medical expert now?

Inevitably, you do learn a little, although a little bit of information is dangerous! I can bore my friends by saying, “Tell me your symptoms and I’ll give you a diagnosis.”

I’ve never watched ER before but I did recently from the very start. There were these Latin terms being used and I’d know what they meant!

The series was delayed because of the pandemic. How did you find working in a new way?

I had a bit of trepidation as I just couldn’t imagine what it would be like. But actually, it was the happiest time we’ve spent there. The cast were in a bubble in the hotel and we became incredibly close.

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We’d go for a swim at five o’clock in the evening together, when the waves were nice and gentle, as I’m a scaredy cat! We ate together every night at a big table. We had parties – Neil (Morrissey, aka Greg) was the DJ!

Although set in India, the show is filmed in Sri Lanka – does it feel like a second home now?

It certainly does for me. It’s one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been to. When we arrive each year, we see the people we haven’t seen for a year – or in this case more – and the welcome that we get is out of this world. I love it.

The Good Karma Hospital returns Sunday at 8pm on ITV.

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