The Good Karma Hospital

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The Good Karma Hospital
Series title over an Indian landscape
Created byDan Sefton
ComposerBen Foster
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes18
Executive producersFrith Tiplady
Iona Vrolyk
Will Gould
ProducerStephen Smallwood
CinematographyMichael Snyman
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production companyTiger Aspect Productions
Original networkITV
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release5 February 2017 (2017-02-05) –

The Good Karma Hospital is a medical drama series produced by Tiger Aspect Productions for ITV about a disillusioned doctor, Ruby Walker, who heads for South India hoping to make a fresh start. It stars Amanda Redman, Amrita Acharia, James Krishna Floyd, and Neil Morrissey.[1] The series is shot in Unawatuna in southern Sri Lanka, Thiranagama Golden Beach Restaurant and some other places in Galle District.

The Good Karma Hospital was recommissioned for a second and a third series. Filming for the second series started in August 2017 and it was broadcast from 18 March 2018.[2][3][4] Series 3 first aired in October 2019 in Australia, with a UK premiere in March 2020.[5] A fourth series is due to be filmed in 2021, according to Sefton.[6]


A medical drama about a junior doctor, Ruby Walker, who becomes disillusioned with her life and broken relationship, and decides to leave the UK. Seeing an advertisement for a hospital job in south India, she travels there hoping to make a fresh start and finds herself working at The Good Karma Hospital, an under-resourced and overworked cottage hospital run by an eccentric English expat, Dr. Lydia Fonseca.

Cast and characters[edit]


SeriesEpisodesOriginally airedAve. UK viewers
First airedLast aired
165 February 2017 (2017-02-05)12 March 2017 (2017-03-12)7.39
2618 March 2018 (2018-03-18)22 April 2018 (2018-04-22)6.28
3612 October 2019 (2019-10-12) (AU)
15 March 2020 (2020-03-15) (UK)
16 November 2019 (2019-11-16) (AU)
19 April 2020 (2020-04-19) (UK)

Series 1 (2017)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
11"Episode 1"Bill EaglesDan Sefton5 February 2017 (2017-02-05)8.13
Junior doctor Ruby Walker has become disillusioned with her life and decides to leave the UK. She heads to South India hoping to make a fresh start, and finds a new home working in an under-resourced and over-worked cottage hospital run by an eccentric English expat, Dr Lydia Fonseca.
22"Episode 2"Bill EaglesDan Sefton12 February 2017 (2017-02-12)8.02

Ruby gets to grips with her challenging new routine working at the under-resourced and overworked hospital, but tension mounts when she begins to question Gabriel's professional conduct. The doctors have a troubling mystery on their hands when an unidentified man is discovered washed up on the beach, and also face a race against the clock to find anti-venom for local snake catcher whose luck may have run out, leaving him in urgent need of treatment

Guest Stars Rajendranath Zutshi
33"Episode 3"[7]Bill EaglesNancy Harris19 February 2017 (2017-02-19)7.08
Ruby becomes personally involved in the case of an abandoned baby that is brought to the hospital during the Holi festival, and Lydia is reunited with an expat artist, whose unusual lifestyle may be about to catch up with him.
44"Episode 4"[8]Bill EaglesVinay Patel26 February 2017 (2017-02-26)7.30

Ram clashes with Lydia as a medical case becomes personal on the day he is due to attend a lavish wedding. Ruby treats a patient from the UK whose story does not add up, and the experience leaves her wondering where she really belongs.

Guest Stars Sharon Prabhakar
55"Episode 5"[9]Jon WrightDan Sefton5 March 2017 (2017-03-05)7.07

Lydia and Ruby visit a convent to make a seemingly miraculous diagnosis, but the treatment of a young nun and the senior doctor's interfering attitude creates tension between them, which finally erupts in a fierce confrontation. Maggie and Paul join a group of pilgrims on a trek through the jungle, hoping to find the answer to their prayers.

Guest Stars Madhur Jaffrey
66"Episode 6"[10]Jon WrightDan Sefton12 March 2017 (2017-03-12)6.71
The monsoon season is beginning, and as the first rains start to fall, the tension between Lydia and Ruby is reaching boiling point - driving the younger doctor to make a shocking decision. Maggie's health begins to decline dramatically, and Debbie is adamant that the family must return to the UK. However, Maggie remains determined to remain in India for the time she has left, and struggles to persuade her daughter to honour her last wishes.

Series 2 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
71"Episode 1"Alex WincklerDan Sefton18 March 2018 (2018-03-18)6.90
Ruby encounters new challenges as a blistering heatwave hits Kerala, while Lydia decides she is ready for her first solo night shift. But when a storm hits Barco, Ruby faces an agonising test that stretches her medical skills to the limits.
82"Episode 2"Alex WincklerBen Edwards25 March 2018 (2018-03-25)6.58
Lydia tries to regain the trust of a former patient who has turned to a herbal doctor for medical care. Gabriel reveals something about his past as he and Ruby treat a patient with a mysterious condition.
93"Episode 3"Alex WincklerNicola Wilson1 April 2018 (2018-04-01)6.05
Gabriel joins Ruby on an outreach programme to a tea plantation, but discovers that she has not been completely honest about her reasons for wanting to go there. Back at the clinic, Lydia tries to help a patient who she believes is a victim of domestic abuse.
104"Episode 4"Lisa ClarkeGabbie Asher & Dan Sefton8 April 2018 (2018-04-08)6.05
Ruby is still reeling from her discoveries at the tea plantation, and must decide whether she can forgive past mistakes. Meanwhile, Mari goes head to head with Lydia when a surrogate mother gives birth in the hospital.
115"Episode 5"[11]Lisa ClarkeBen Edwards15 April 2018 (2018-04-15)6.05
The clinic is pushed to its limits when a building collapses in Barco and the doctors face a desperate struggle to save the injured survivors. Ruby's objectivity is put to the test when she discovers a secret concerning one of her patients, and Ram helps a woman whose husband is missing.
126"Episode 6"[12]Lisa ClarkeDan Sefton22 April 2018 (2018-04-22)6.06
The staff of the hospital come together to celebrate Ram and Mala's wedding. Ruby and Gabriel intervene in a dispute that has erupted between two fishermen, while a heart to heart at the wedding ceremony brings the two doctors closer together. Meanwhile, Lydia is confronted with a difficult dilemma when she receives a visit from her former mentor, who has come to the hospital seeking her help.

Series 3 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
131"Episode 1"Philip JohnDan Sefton12 October 2019 (2019-10-12) (AU)
15 March 2020 (2020-03-15) (UK)
After months away with her family, Ruby returns to the hospital for her pregnant sister to give birth. A life-and-death medical crisis unfolds, forcing Ruby to see where her loyalty lies. Greg has a surprise family visitor.
142"Episode 2"Philip JohnKelly Jones19 October 2019 (2019-10-19) (AU)
22 March 2020 (2020-03-22) (UK)
A medical train rolls into in town providing miracle operations, and carrying a surprise for Gabriel—a glamorous older surgeon from his past. One of the team is viciously attacked, leaving Lydia reeling.
153"Episode 3"Philip JohnBen Edwards26 October 2019 (2019-10-26) (AU)
29 March 2020 (2020-03-29) (UK)
Gabriel and Aisha get closer when they work on an operation together, threatening Ruby and Gabriel's blossoming relationship. Ruby and Ram fall out over a patient's care, and Edmund's search for his lost love hits a dead end.
164"Episode 4"John McKayDan Sefton2 November 2019 (2019-11-02)(AU)
5 April 2020 (2020-04-05) (UK)
AJ returns home from medical school to assist at the hospital on his break, while Greg discovers his daughter, Tommy, is hiding a shocking secret. Lydia sends Ruby to investigate a possible case of dengue fever at a nearby mission.
175"Episode 5"John McKayGlen Laker9 November 2019 (2019-11-09) (AU)
12 April 2020 (2020-04-12) (UK)
It's Diwali, and revelers cause chaos throughout the town. Lydia tries to help a deaf runaway teenager, while Gabriel and Aisha are thrown together in a festival clinic.
186"Episode 6"John McKayNicola Wilson16 November 2019 (2019-11-16) (AU)
19 April 2020 (2020-04-19) (UK)
As Lydia and Mari disagree about how to support Jyoti, AJ helps a patient with mysterious abdominal pain. Still reeling from what happened with Gabriel, Ruby struggles to return to her normal duties at the hospital.

DVD releases[edit]

Title Number of discs Year Number of episodes UK Release date Australia Release Date
Series 1 2 2017 6 20 March 2017 2 August 2017[13]
Series 2 2 2018 6 23 April 2018 6 June 2018[14]
Series 3 2 2019 6 20 April 2020 27 November 2019[15]
Series 1-3 6 2017-2019 18 N/A 27 November 2019[16]


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  2. ^ Louise McCreesh (13 March 2017). "ITV's The Good Karma Hospital is coming back for a second series". Digital Spy. Retrieved 24 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "ITV orders a second series of The Good Karma Hospital" (Press release). ITV. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Ben Dowell (12 March 2017). "The Good Karma Hospital is coming back for a second series on ITV". Radio Times. Retrieved 24 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  7. ^ "Series 1 – Episode 3". Radio Times. Retrieved 24 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Series 1 – Episode 4". Radio Times. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Jane Rackham. "The Good Karma Hospital". Retrieved 24 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Jane Rackham. "The Good Karma Hospital". Retrieved 24 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Series 2 − Episode 5". Radio Times. Retrieved 8 April 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Series 2 − Episode 6". Radio Times. Retrieved 15 April 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Good Karma Hospital - Season 1, The". Sanity. Retrieved 2020-12-26.
  14. ^ "Good Karma Hospital - Season 2, The". Sanity. Retrieved 2020-12-26.
  15. ^ "Good Karma Hospital - Season 3, The". Sanity. Retrieved 2020-12-26.
  16. ^ "Good Karma Hospital - Season 1-3 | Boxset, The". Sanity. Retrieved 2020-12-26.

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