BBC One commissions third series of Citizen Khan


Ranked as the Sixth Highest Rated Sitcom in 2012

Fresh from Citizen Khan winning two RTS North West Awards last week, Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One and Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, have ordered a further 7×30-minute episodes of the family-based studio sitcom created by and starring Adil Ray, centred on larger-than-life, self-appointed community leader Mr Khan and his long-suffering wife and daughters.


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. Written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto with Adil Ray, the third series will see creator Adil 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.


Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: “Adil Ray’s finely written family sitcom has grown up on BBC One and established itself as a modern mainstream comedy hit.”


Mark Freeland, Head of BBC In-House Comedy, says: “We’re about to see what Christmas is like round at the Khan’s. It’s fantastic that once they’ve picked up the pieces from that, we’re going to see more of this hopelessly loveable family, led by the irrepressible Mr Khan.”


Adil Ray says: “It’s testament to the whole team that we have got this far. I just can’t wait to get back in the studio with the entire Citizen Khan family. As the great British public get even more familiar with Mr Khan, it really excites me when I think about the places we can go. The Bahamas?”


Citizen Khan is produced by BBC In-house Comedy and shot on location in Birmingham and in front of a studio audience at MediaCityUK, Salford. The series is commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One and Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning. Executive Producer is Mark Freeland. 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.


Citizen Khan documents the trial and trials and tribulations of self-appointed Muslim community leader Mr Khan and his long-suffering family. Things would be so much easier if everyone listened to him and followed his lead, but his obsessively house-proud wife and two feisty daughters have other ideas. He finds a refuge of sorts in the local mosque run by new mosque manager Dave.



The first episode of the programme drew up to 3.7 million viewers and ranked as the sixth highest rated sitcom across all channels in the UK for 2012.  


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