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27 September 2012

BBC One re-commissions family sitcom Citizen Khan

BBC One today announced that it has commissioned a second series of family-based In-house sitcom Citizen Khan.

BBC One Controller Danny Cohen has ordered a further 7x30 minute episodes of the studio sitcom starring Adil Ray, centred on larger-than-life, self-appointed community leader Mr Khan and his long-suffering family. Citizen Khan was written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto with Adil Ray.

The first series of Citizen Khan launched in late August this year and made a very positive start, launching with 3.7 million viewers and a 21 per cent share on its first transmission. Shown in the post-10pm-news slot, the series has consistently won its time slot every week, with the series averaging 3.0 million viewers and an 18 per cent share to date (figures based on consolidated viewing figures for the first four episodes only).

The second series will once again see creator Adil Ray return to the title role alongside Shobu Kapoor, who plays Mrs Khan; Maya Sondhi and Bhavna Limbachia, who play daughters Shazia and Alia; and Abdullah Afzal, who plays Shazia’s fiancé, Amjad. Comedy stalwart Kris Marshall will also reprise his role of Dave the mosque manager, with regulars Nish Nathwani (Riaz), Felix Dexter (Omar) and Harvey Virdi (Mrs Malik) also returning.

Set in Birmingham’s Sparkhill area, Citizen Khan is a warm, family-based sitcom about the British-Asian Khan family and the ups and downs of their life. Citizen Khan was created by Adil Ray, and Mr Khan has previously featured as a character in BBC Two comedy series Bellamy’s People and on Radio 4’s Down The Line. The series was developed as a sitcom by writers Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto with Adil Ray and was produced by Paul Schlesinger. The series was originally commissioned after it was performed at the Salford Sitcom Showcase. Series two will once again be produced from MediaCity, Salford.

Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One says of the re-commission: "BBC One 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."

Mark Freeland, Head of BBC In House Comedy says: “With sitcom, to grab attention all you can ask is laugh out loud funny distinctiveness, authenticity and great characters. I think we’ve certainly grabbed people’s attention."

Adil Ray says: "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."

Citizen Khan (Series Two) will once again be produced by BBC In-house Comedy and shot on location in Birmingham and in front of a studio audience at MediaCity Salford. The series was commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One. The Executive Producer is Mark Freeland. The Director is Nick Wood (Fresh Meat, Not Going Out). Citizen Khan was created by Adil Ray and is written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto (The Kumars at No 42, Goodness Gracious Me, The Impressions Show) with Adil Ray.


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