The Boy With The Topknot was a smash hit with viewers when it aired on BBC1 on Monday night.
The one-off drama, based on the critically acclaimed memoirs of The Times writer Sathnam Sanghera, followed the story of a young boy born in a Punjabi family living in Wolverhampton.
Sanghera moved to London after graduating from Cambridge to embark on a career as a journalist. Viewers saw him trying to build up the courage to introduce his English girlfriend to his traditional, Sikh parents and reveal he would not be entering into an arranged marriage. Instead, he learned a painful family secret.
Viewers praised the “powerful” and “relevant” drama for its depiction of a family’s struggle to deal with mental health issues.
It was a scenario that many felt they could relate to – whether they were Sikh themselves or not.
It’s mad how relatable my mums life is to Satnam’s. Why do Indians always have to suppress mental illness within our community and make out that all is perfect just so our family looks good to others. Change and more education is needed right now #boywiththetopknot
Many viewers said they were taken by surprise by the “powerful and brilliant” tale.
Having heard about the book, without actually reading it (🙈), I was expecting a drama with an element of comedy… however it clearly had no place in the television adaptation, but ‘boy’ was it excellent 👌🏽#boywiththetopknot#bbc2@Sathnam
Absolutely gripping piece of drama showcasing how mental health prevails in South Asian households. Hopefully we can continue highlighting these issues and end the stigma in our communities. #boywiththetopknot
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