First Asian Sitcom Set for BBC One
The BBC has commissioned their first Asian sitcom for channel BBC One. The sitcom will be called Citizen Khan and it features the character of Mr Khan, the self-styled Muslim community leader character from Bellamy’s People.
The sitcom has been created by journalist, presenter and comedian Adil Ray. He has appeared on the BBC Radio stations such as the Asian Network and fronted documentaries for Radio 4.
It will be the first Asian sitcom to start life on BBC One. Comedy chat show The Kumars At No 42 – featuring a British-Indian family – has appeared on BBC1 but began life on BBC2. It will be set in Sparkhill, Birmingham but will be filmed at the BBC's MediaCity in Manchester.
Cheryl Taylor, the BBC’s head of comedy commissioning, said that:
“We are delighted that within one week of Adil Ray's phenomenal performance as Citizen Khan the show has been commissioned as a six-part series for BBC One. It will prove a wonderful companion piece to our other studio sensations, Mrs Brown's Boys and Miranda.”
Creator Adil Ray commented:
“It's been an incredible journey so far working with a great writing team, cast and invaluable support from all at BBC Comedy. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to bring laughter to our living rooms.”
Here is a clip of Mr Khan for the BBC website leading up to the recent General Elections: