A Suitable Boy BBC start date, cast, trailer, plot: When does A Suitable Boy air?

A SUITABLE BOY is a new BBC adaptation of Vikram Seth’s best-selling novel of the same name. But when does the new series air? Here’s everything you need to know about the new show, including its start date, cast, trailer and plot.

A Suitable Boy will transport viewers to post-independence, post-partition India as it follows the stories of four families. The new BBC series will be helmed by Indian director Mira Nair, information about the series is slowly being released. The BBC has announced that the new adaptation will begin filming within the next few months in India.

When is A Suitable Boy released on BBC?

The BBC has not yet officially released a start date for A Suitable Boy.

However, filming is expected to begin in September 2019 on the series.

This means that it is likely that viewers can expect to see it at some point in 2020.

The BBC has announced that filming will be begin in India for the series adapted by writer Andrew Davies.

Davies has also been behind some of the biggest BBC adaptations of recent years, including Pride and Prejudice, War & Peace and Les Misérables.

The series will launch as a six-part drama on BBC One.

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A Suitable Boy BBC start date

A Suitable Boy BBC: The series is directed by Mira Nair (Image: BBC)

Who is in the cast of A Suitable Boy on BBC?

The lead character of Lata in the series is to be played by rising star Tanya Maniktala.

This will be the first major role for the largely unknown actor who will play the 19-year-old university student.

She is joined in the cast by Bollywood leading man Ishaan Khatter and Indian actor Tabu for the adaptation.

Khatter is best known for starring in films Dhadak and beyond the Clouds, while Tabu has starred in a number of Bollywood films, as well as having a supporting role in Ang Lee’s adaptation of Life of Pi.

More cast members are expected to be announced within the next few months.

A Suitable Boy BBC start date

A Suitable Boy BBC: Ishaan Khatter stars (Image: BBC)

A Suitable Boy BBC start date

A Suitable Boy BBC: Actor Tabu stars (Image: BBC)

What is the plot of A Suitable Boy on BBC?

A Suitable Boy will be based on the epic 1993 novel written by Vikram Seth.

The coming of age story novel interweaves the stories of four families in India in 1951.

The plot begins with spirited university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala) rebelling against her mother’s determination to find her a husband - a suitable boy - to marry.

Through their siblings’ marriage, Lata is connected to the wayward Maan (Ishaan Khatter), who wants to enjoy life to the full.

However, he soon develops an infatuation with a beautiful courtesan called Saaeda Bai (Tabu), which causes ructions in his family life.

A Suitable Boy BBC start date

A Suitable Boy BBC: The series is based on Vikram Seth's novel (Image: BBC)

The series will be adapted by Davies who said of the novel: “It’s a charming, almost Austenesque story, with a delightfully relatable heroine, set against the turbulent background of India in the years following Partition.

“It has been a total joy to work on, and I hope that audiences will love it as much as I do.”

Is there a trailer for A Suitable Boy on BBC?

No, there is no trailer yet for A Suitable Boy as filming has not yet begun on the BBC adaptation.

Express.co.uk will update this article as soon as a trailer is released for the series.

A Suitable Boy is expected to be released on BBC One in 2020