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A Beginner's Guide to Pakistan

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Episode 1: Sami Shah's Beginner's Guide to Pakistan

Summary

Comedian and author Sami Shah travels to Birmingham to present a guide to his home country. The first of two editions explores Pakistan's political history, from its foundations to the present day. First aired in 2015

Review

The ‘’land of the pure’’ came into being during the tumultuous partition of 1947. And far from it being a bastion of a free-thinking secular democracy, Pakistan has been plagued by decades of dictators, sectarian violence, religious intolerance and many (too many) bad reviews from the world’s press.

This is where Sami Shah comes in. The 37-year-old Karachi-born comedian puts paid to a few old tropes about this promised land (which boasts some really rather breathtaking landscapes) and its people (182 million and counting).

Acerbic and witty, Shah proves that humour — absurd, gallows or otherwise — always cuts through every conceivable mire to unite, inform and, ultimately, entertain.

How to listen

Next on

There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

Streaming

Credits

Cast

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The voice of the guideAnita Anand

Crew

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PresenterSami Shah
WriterSami Shah
ProducerEd Morrish

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  • Summary

    Comedian and author Sami Shah travels to Birmingham to present a guide to his home country. The first of two editions explores Pakistan's political history, from its foundations to the present day. First aired in 2015

    Review

    The ‘’land of the pure’’ came into being during the tumultuous partition of 1947. And far from it being a bastion of a free-thinking secular democracy, Pakistan has been plagued by decades of dictators, sectarian violence, religious intolerance and many (too many) bad reviews from the world’s press.

    This is where Sami Shah comes in. The 37-year-old Karachi-born comedian puts paid to a few old tropes about this promised land (which boasts some really rather breathtaking landscapes) and its people (182 million and counting).

    Acerbic and witty, Shah proves that humour — absurd, gallows or otherwise — always cuts through every conceivable mire to unite, inform and, ultimately, entertain.

    How to listen

    Next on

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    The voice of the guideAnita Anand

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterSami Shah
    WriterSami Shah
    ProducerEd Morrish
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