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Hanif Kureishi (novel)
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Release Date:
3 November 1993 (UK) See more »
Karim's mother is English and his father is Indian. Therefore Karim has some problems with life in British... See more »
1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 23 of 54)

Naveen Andrews ... Karim Amir (4 episodes, 1993)

David Bamber ... Shadwell (4 episodes, 1993)

Brenda Blethyn ... Margaret Amir (4 episodes, 1993)
Nisha Nayar ... Jamila (4 episodes, 1993)
Surendra Kochar ... Jeela (4 episodes, 1993)
Badi Uzzaman ... Anwar (4 episodes, 1993)

Roshan Seth ... Haroon Amir (4 episodes, 1993)
Assam Mamodeally ... Allie Amir (4 episodes, 1993)

Steven Mackintosh ... Charlie Kay (4 episodes, 1993)

Susan Fleetwood ... Eva Kay (4 episodes, 1993)
Harish Patel ... Changez (3 episodes, 1993)
Janet Dale ... Auntie Jean (3 episodes, 1993)

John McEnery ... Uncle Ted (3 episodes, 1993)
Tom Gregory ... The Fish (3 episodes, 1993)

Noriko Aida ... Shinko (3 episodes, 1993)

Donald Sumpter ... Matthew Pyke (2 episodes, 1993)
Maureen Hibbert ... Tracey (2 episodes, 1993)

Jason Watkins ... Terry (2 episodes, 1993)
Henrietta Bass ... Carol (2 episodes, 1993)
Vicky Murdock ... Helen (2 episodes, 1993)
William Chubb ... Richard (2 episodes, 1993)
Sarah Neville ... Marlene Pyke (2 episodes, 1993)
Kim Fenton ... John (2 episodes, 1993)

Series Directed by
Roger Michell (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Hanif Kureishi (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Anna Kalnars .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Kevin Loader .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
David Bowie (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
John McGlashan (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Kate Evans (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Roger Cann (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Alexandra Byrne (unknown episodes, 1993)
Series Makeup Department
Marilyn MacDonald .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Ballantyne .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Kas Braganza .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Graham Bishop .... production buyer (unknown episodes)
Catherine Davis .... set decorator: USA (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Michael Narduzzo .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Marc Cass .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Shelley Hirst .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1993)
Series Casting Department
Barbie Wilde .... extras casting (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Peter Miller .... location manager (4 episodes, 1993)

Paul Brodrick .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Diana Brookes .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)

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222 min | UK:65 min (4 episodes)
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Another Kurieshi accomplishment., 3 July 1999
Author: deborahc from NY NY

A very good adaptation of a great book. Fantastic performances, especially the wonderful Naveen Andrews, great depth of character, great writing. A story, really almost an epic one, of a young man coming to terms with his complex identity in the rapidly changing world of 70s England (suburbs and then london). The film didn't capture the atmosphere of the 70s as well as the book, but I suppose making it a real period piece would have distracted from the characters.

As usual, screenwriter /playwrite/ novelist Hanif Kureishi is brilliant in his portrayel of politics, sex, spirituality and fashion, and what happens when they start to become indistiguishible. I saw it actually as a series in England and was happy to see that was just as delightful as a whole, but I also recommend seeing it over two nights as its probably close to 4 hours all through. Also, the Bowie soundtrack is fantastic.

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