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Meera Syal on comedy, wife-swapping and rebellion

25 October 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Goodness Gracious Me actor and comedian has starred in hit TV shows and films, and written a book worthy of Gcse study. So why doesn’t she know where her next job is coming from?

There is, Meera Syal says, a big Indian wife-swapping circle in Guildford. “I know someone who was part of it,” she deadpans, snacking on Bombay mix. “Car keys in a bowl, all that business. The whole thing imploded because one of the couples fell in love with each other, and you’re not supposed to do that – you’re just supposed to have a shag.”

Her delivery is flawless, casually pitched to make my eyebrows jump at the image of suburban Asian swinging. “These are people who go to [the temple],” she mimes a namaste, “and bow at their parents’ feet. That’s what I’m saying!” She shakes her head. “The stories.”

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- Nosheen Iqbal

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UK TV ratings: Educating Cardiff schools 1.6m on Channel 4

26 August 2015 2:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Educating Cardiff got off to a strong start on Channel 4 on Tuesday (August 25), according to overnight figures.

The behind-the-scenes look at Willows High School in Wales appealed to 1.58m (7.8%) at 9pm, while a further 219k (1.5%) tuned in an hour later on +1.

Educating Cardiff begins: What did you make of Willows High School? Have your say

However, the launch is down slightly on the 1.80m who watched the first episode of Educating the East End last year.

Earlier in the evening, The Three Day Nanny averaged 1.05m (5.3%) at 8pm (118k/0.6% on +1).

BBC One's New Tricks was the night's most-watched programme outside of soaps with 4.97m (24.3%) at 9pm.

On BBC Two, Natural World brought in 1.97m (10.0%) at 8pm, before The World's Busiest Railway 2015 gathered 2.13m (10.5%) at 9pm, and Goodness Gracious Me interested 1.24m (7.4%) at 10pm.

ITV's Bargain Fever Britain intrigued 2.21m (11.2%) at »

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Tuesday’s best TV

24 August 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A playful portrait of the pop artist in A Day In The Life Of Andy Warhol, a murder in the City in New Tricks and lots of laughs in Goodness Gracious Me Special. Plus: back to the classroom in Educating Cardiff and School Swap – The Class Divide

New Tricks goes all Wolf Of Wall Street (well, Threadneedle Street) when Steve stumbles upon the apparent murder in the 80s of a City futures trader who was part of a group that called itself The Wolfpack – a bunch of pin-striped wallies who were into some debauched shenanigans when they weren’t hauling in the cash. Tracking down his old partners in crime leads the Ucos team into a murky web. Meanwhile, Steve is skint, but hopes to learn a few stock market tricks to get him out of a hole. Ben Arnold

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- Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Julia Raeside, Graeme Virtue, Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, Hannah J Davies, Paul Howlett

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Meera Syal webchat – as it happened

30 June 2015 6:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor and author of new novel The House of Hidden Mothers answered your questions in a live webchat – from why she changed her name to her advice on writing without stereotypes, via her distaste for mince, catch up with her answers now

2.11pm BST

Thanks all for your comments, questions, and making me laugh. Have a lovely summer.

Thanks everyone for your questions, and thanks to Meera. Until next time!

2.10pm BST

Youoffmyplanet asks:

Hi Meera, you were wonderful in Behind the Beautiful Forevers – were you surprised to find that it had taken so long to get an all-Asian cast on the Olivier Stage?

Ta for that. Loved doing that production. We all did as a company - we were aware we were making a little bit of history. I guess I shouldn't be surprised about how long things take any more, I'm just glad it's done, and hopefully »

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Goodness Gracious Me cast reuniting in one-off special to celebrate India

21 June 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The cast of Goodness Gracious Me are reuniting for a one-off BBC Two special to celebrate Indian culture.

After the success of their 2014 comeback special, the cast announced plans for another reunion earlier this year - with Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Nina Wadia and Kulvinder Ghir all confirmed to return.

The reunion fits in with the BBC's announcement of a major season of programmes to celebrate Indian culture across all of its channels.

As part of this season of programming, Sue Perkins will front an hour-long show about the city of Kolkata on BBC One.

She said: "At the start of this journey, there were two things I knew about Kolkata: The Black Hole and Mother Theresa. It was a privilege to experience life beyond the clichés and to witness the vibrancy, chaos and multi-culturalism of Bengal first hand."

Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Robert Llewellyn will present the World's »

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Meera Syal: I've been invisible since I turned 50

8 June 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Goodness Gracious Me star bemoans ageism and sexism afflicting industry, and says actors who played her husband five years ago are now being cast as her son

Meera Syal has hit out at ageism directed at female actors, saying that she has felt invisible since turning 50.

Related: To age is to fail: the media's message to older women | Invisible Woman

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- Press Association

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9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015: Srk, Zayn Malik and more

21 April 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It was a starry night at the 5th Asian Awards courtesy of some of the biggest talents on the planet, who were recognised for setting an unprecedented standard of excellence in their fields of endeavour.

Celebrating Asian success across all walks of life, the event saw the best of stage, screen, sport, music and industry, converge on the lavish setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel, for a night of highly merited back-slapping and champagne-swilling.

Of course, all eyes were on the two star attractions whose rise to fame has been nothing less than stratospheric. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan flew in to personally collect his award, while ex-One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since the now infamous split that left Directioners around the world in a state of mourning.

It was difficult to determine who the hoards of fans gathered outside the Park Lane hotel were screaming for, »

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9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015

21 April 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It was a starry night at the 5th Asian Awards courtesy of some of the biggest talents on the planet, who were recognised for setting an unprecedented standard of excellence in their fields of endeavour.

Celebrating Asian success across all walks of life, the event saw the best of stage, screen, sport, music and industry, converge on the lavish setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel, for a night of highly merited back-slapping and champagne-swilling.

Of course, all eyes were on the two star attractions whose rise to fame has been nothing less than stratospheric. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan flew in to personally collect his award, while ex-One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since the now infamous split that left Directioners around the world in a state of mourning.

It was difficult to determine who the hoards of fans gathered outside the Park Lane hotel were screaming for, »

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Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

22 March 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.

Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.

As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...

Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went »

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Goodness Gracious Me to return for another special

12 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Goodness Gracious Me will return for another special.

The sketch comedy show originally ran from 1996 to 1998 on BBC Radio 4 before a TV stint on BBC Two from 1998 to 2001.

Last year saw a one-off special as part of BBC Two's 50th anniversary special.

The BBC has now announced that Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal, Nina Wadia and Dave Lamb will return for another recording on March 7 at BBC Elstree Studios.

"After their successful reunion in 2014 the original cast from the award winning sketch show returns for another one-off special of the ground-breaking British Asian sketch show featuring some new characters and old favourites," said the broadcaster.

Yes tweeps. Another 1 off #GoodnessGraciousMe Scripts being written,filming March, broadcast later this year #kissmychuddies #timewarp #Ggm

Sanjeev Bhaskar (@TVSanjeev) February 12, 2015Fans can apply for a maximum of two tickets before Thursday, February 19 at 4pm.

Bhaskar confirmed on Twitter that scripts are currently »

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