Citizen Khan gets a second series

Adil Ray's BBC1 sitcom based around a Birmingham Muslim community leader will return for a seven-part run in 2013

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BBC1 sitcom Citizen Khan has been given a second series – a week before its first has even finished airing.

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The comedy show, which stars Adil Ray as a Birmingham-based Muslim community leader, will return for a new seven-part run during 2013.

BBC1 controller Danny Cohen ordered the sitcom’s new series and praised the show for bringing a “fresh flavour” to the station.

He said: “BBC1 has a long tradition of laugh-out-loud family comedy for all generations. Citizen Khan has delivered this whilst bringing new comic talent and a fresh flavour to the channel. I can’t wait for the second series.”

Citizen Khan, which is filmed on location in Birmingham and in front of a live studio audience at Salford’s MediaCityUK, opened to impressive ratings of more than 3m on BBC1 in late August, despite airing in a post-10pm slot.  However, the BBC and Ofcom both received complaints from viewers who claimed that the show stereotyped Muslims and insulted Islam. 

Adil Ray said of the new series: “I am thrilled. This is testament to the hard work of the cast, my co-writers and the entire crew. I have been touched to hear from families nationwide who have already taken this cuddly bearded Pakistani Muslim from Birmingham into their hearts and living rooms.

“Above all, I thank Community Leaders who continue to spring up everywhere who provide the inspiration.”

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The final episode of Citizen Khan’s first series will air on Monday 1 October at 10:35pm on BBC1.