Citizen Khan

Series 2 - 1. Alia's College

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

When the first series stirred controversy some commentators pointed out that treating Muslims as part of the cultural scenery by subjecting them to an old-school domestic sitcom was a kind of flattery. It might be more flattering if the comedy was better. Adil Ray’s clumsily self-important “community leader” is a great character but the series rhythms are painfully dated, an effortful farce that relies on jokes about farting in the bath and tempting granny off her armchair with biscuits.

In this episode, Khan has to make a good impression on one daughter’s would-be bridesmaid as well as the other daughter’s potential headmaster – a creaking recipe for disaster. But occasionally a joke carries some weight: “We Pakistanis don’t have bridesmaids,” observes Khan at one point, “In our culture, your bride becomes your maid – your housemaid, chambermaid, teasmaid...”

About this programme

1/7. Return of the comedy about a self-appointed community leader in Sparkhill, Birmingham. Mrs Khan lays down the law when Alia fails her exams, telling her husband to sign up their daughter at the Muslim Academy. But when he finds out how much it costs, he decides there's a better option. Adil Ray, Shobu Kapoor, Maya Sondhi and Bhavna Limbachia star.

Cast and crew

Cast

Mr Khan
Adil Ray
Mrs Khan
Shobu Kapoor
Shazia Khan
Maya Sondhi
Alia Khan
Bhavna Limbachia
Amjad Malik
Abdullah Afzal
Mrs Malik
Harvey Virdi
Riaz
Nish Nathwani
Omar
Felix Dexter
Naani
Adlyn Ross
Keith
Phil Nice
Professor Stevens
James Fleet
Debbie
Laura Aikman
Matt
Rob Kendrick

Crew

Director
Ben Gosling Fuller
Executive Producer
Mark Freeland
Producer
Catherine Gosling Fuller
Writer
Anil Gupta
Writer
Richard Pinto
Writer
Adil Ray
Categories
Comedy

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