Apple has been producing a lot of great TV as of late – from Sharon Horgan’s Bad Sisters to the gripping thriller Surface – and now one of its newest shows Shantaram is set to join the ranks of must-watch status.

Starring Charlie Hunnam in the lead role, it centres around a heroin addict incarcerated for robbery in Australia who manages to escape prison and start a new life as a doctor in India. Intrigued? Then read on…

The show is adapted from the 2003 novel of the same name, which in turn is based off the incredible real-life experiences of Gregory David Roberts. Hunnam, known for his roles in Sons of Anarchy and The Gentleman, plays the protagonist, who is imprisoned with a sentence of 19 years in Australia for a series of armed robberies. However, he escapes in broad daylight only two years later and becomes the most wanted man in the country.

Following his escape Gregory travels to India, arriving in Bombay with a false name (Lin), and decides to stay in the city despite initially planning on heading to Europe. It’s there the plot of the show is set in motion, with Lin having to live in slums after being robbed. Despite the hardships of his new environment, he becomes attached to the city and its residents. He begins to work as a medic, helping out the poor and needy of Bombay. Joining Hunnam in the cast are Antonia Desplat (The French Dispatch), Elektra Kilbey (Tales from the Loop) Richard Roxburgh (Elvis), Radhika Apte (Forensic, The Wedding Guest), Alexander Siddig (Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Game of Thrones) and Luke Pasqualino (Our Girl).

Lin finds it hard to avoid trouble and danger, but he eventually falls for an enigmatic woman and has to choose between love and being free. The trailer shows Hunnam in action as Lin, trying to adapt to the city of Bombay and move away from his past with gripping results. The show is set to debut on the streaming service this weekend, so grab your popcorn and tune in.


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