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‘The Good Karma Hospital’ Episode 3 review: An upbeat circus act keeps spirits high but others have tough decisions…

‘The Good Karma Hospital’ Episode 3 review: An upbeat circus act keeps spirits high but others have tough decisions…

We are at the half-way point in this series and things are bubbling away…

By Mamie Colfox

THESE medics in Kerala haven’t exactly run away to the circus but there is something of that spirit in what they are doing, no?

And so the episode begins with an exciting and upbeat circus performance and there is a shocking moment adding to the adrenaline-packed first few minutes of the episode. There are a few major events that progress some characters’ stories, whilst at the same time resolving the problems of others, bringing a much-needed respite from the illnesses that surround the hospital.

One young girl is given hope when an unexpected event reminds her that life is for living, but there is a sad undertone when the very person that has given her this hope, might not have much left for herself.

Themes of stealing in one storyline at first seem greedy and unfair, but as the episode continues it becomes more of an act of self-preservation than immorality. Dr Samir Hasan (Harki Bhambra pictured above) seems rather heroic in his attitude towards the situation when he ignores the theft after a circus performer becomes sick, and he reassures them of his help. The more we see of Dr Samir, the more it becomes clear where his morals lie, but the mystery of why he left the UK remains unanswered.

Freedom is important for Bobby (Connor Catchpole) as he is desperate to escape his overprotective mother (Raquel Cassidy) and enjoys birdwatching when he sneaks off exploring the country. Mum Frankie surely overreacts? Themes of loss and when to let go are brought up with this particular storyline.

Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman) has a tough time when she is left feeling like an outsider in the country she calls her home, after she is bombarded with insults by a politician. It seems very unnecessary considering her commitment to helping the sick and is a reminder that one should never take anything for granted.

Although there are moments of loss and sadness in this episode, the colourful addition of the circus act and one other major life event for two characters makes this the most happy and fun episode of the series so far.

The Good Karma Hospital’ continues on ITV at 8pm Sundays (3/6) – February 6, available from

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Written by Asian Culture Vulture