Goodness Gracious Me

Goodness Gracious Me Reunion Special

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal, Nina Wadia and “token white” Dave Lamb have lost none of their comedic talent since this sketch show last graced our screens in 2001. Shown as part of BBC2’s 50th anniversary celebrations, this one-off is a selection of new sketches featuring familiar characters, including the man who believes everything has its origins in India (Sherlock and pretty well every other TV detective from Poirot to Columbo) and oh-so-British social climber Mr Kapoor (this time hoping to stand as a Ukip candidate for Parliament).

Among the new routines is an Indian version of Mary Poppins, a clever dig at one of our more right-wing newspapers in The Delhi Mail and a remake of The Frost Report’s class sketch that almost works. It’s not exactly subtle humour but the simple concept of taking Asian stereotypes and turning them on their heads is as relevant as ever.

About this programme

As part of BBC Two's 50th anniversary celebrations, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Nina Wadia and Kulvinder Ghir reunite for a one-off instalment of their ground-breaking British-Asian comedy show, Including sketches on how to tell Sherlock Holmes comes from India, some very competitive grandmothers, a bit of politics with the Kapoors and a surprisingly hi-tech use for an aubergine. Plus, some unusually hard-hitting legal advice and the heartbreaking ending of black-and-white classic Madrasablanca.

Cast and crew

Cast

Meera Syal
Sanjeev Bhaskar
Nina Wadia
Kulvinder Ghir
Dave Lamb
Amara Karan
Nikita Mehta
Aaran Mitra

Crew

Director
Nick Wood
Executive Producer
Jon Plowman
Producer
Anil Gupta
Producer
Gareth Edwards
Writer
Meera Syal
Writer
Sanjeev Bhaskar
Writer
Kulvinder Ghir
Writer
Anil Gupta
Categories
Comedy

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