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Release Date:
12 November 2001 (UK) See more »
Sanjeev Kumar is an aspiring chat-show host. He has celebrity guests round to his house (no. 42) to talk to them... See more »
5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 11)

Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Sanjeev Kumar (53 episodes, 2001-2006)
Vincent Ebrahim ... Ashwin Kumar (53 episodes, 2001-2006)
Indira Joshi ... Madhuri Kumar (53 episodes, 2001-2006)

Meera Syal ... Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar (53 episodes, 2001-2006)

Series Directed by
Lissa Evans (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Writing credits
Sanjeev Bhaskar (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Richard Pinto (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Sharat Sardana (5 episodes, 2001-2002)

Simon Blackwell (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Lissa Evans .... producer (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Richard Pinto .... producer (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Sharat Sardana .... producer (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Jimmy Mulville .... executive producer (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Denise O'Donoghue .... executive producer (3 episodes, 2001-2002)

Anil Gupta .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Morgan Pochin (19 episodes, 2001-2006)
Series Cinematography by
Chris Rigby (23 episodes, 2003-2004)

Tim Highmore (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Mykola Pawluk (2 episodes, 2002)

James Thomas (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Graeme Story (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Art Direction by
Siobhan Pemberton (3 episodes, 2001-2002)

Alan Sullivan (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Lynn Horrie (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Makeup Department
Val Akrill .... makeup designer / makeup artist (10 episodes, 2002)
Lucy Cain .... hair and make up designer (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kate Roberts .... make-up/hair artist: segments / makeup artist (3 episodes, 2006)
Gary Jordan .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 2002)
Series Production Management
Debbie Pisani .... production manager (3 episodes, 2003-2005)
Laura Djanogly .... head of production (2 episodes, 2002)
Charlotte Woy .... production manager (2 episodes, 2002)

Dan Cuffy .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Roy Osborn .... property master (4 episodes, 2001-2002)
Pauline Seager .... properties buyer (4 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Sound Department
Keith Nixon .... dubbing mixer (4 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kevin Paice .... sound supervisor (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Clarke-Irons .... camera operator (37 episodes, 2002-2006)
Toby Bradshaw .... electrician / lighting / ... (36 episodes, 2002-2006)
Chris Rigby .... lighting director (17 episodes, 2001-2002)
Tim Highmoor .... camera supervisor / camera operator (16 episodes, 2001-2006)
Series Editorial Department
Sandra Vardy .... vision mixer (4 episodes, 2001-2002)
Mykola Pawluk .... videotape editor (2 episodes, 2001)
Series Music Department
Dom Kelly .... house band: oboe (1 episode, 2003)
English Session Orchestra .... orchestra (1 episode, 2003)

Morgan Pochin .... music arranger (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Tara Fernando .... stage manager (4 episodes, 2001-2002)
Anna Heighway .... floor manager (4 episodes, 2001-2002)
Michelle Imber .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 2001-2002)
Sara Lewis .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 2001-2002)
John Wood .... celebrity consultant (4 episodes, 2001-2002)
Nia Hannant .... production accountant (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Joey Cella .... celebrity consultant (3 episodes, 2002)
Kelly Sweeney .... production team (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Victoria Hoskyns .... celebrity consultant (2 episodes, 2001)
Jamie McDonald .... production team (2 episodes, 2001)
Asha Nayee .... production team (2 episodes, 2001)
Tom Farrelly .... additional material (2 episodes, 2003)

Angela Sinden .... production secretary (unknown episodes, 2005)
Simon Blackwell .... additional material (unknown episodes)
Mark Cater .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Laura Djanogly .... head of production (unknown episodes)
Keren Eliot .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
George Jeffrie .... additional material (unknown episodes)
Georgina O'Conner .... production team (unknown episodes)
Suk Pannu .... additional material (unknown episodes)
Steve Punt .... additional material (unknown episodes)
Joanna Strachan .... production team (unknown episodes)
Bert Tyler-Moore .... additional material (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
30 min (53 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Sanjeev Bhaskar says he used 42 for the show's house number because he was heavily influenced by Douglas Adams's radio series "The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" when he was growing up.See more »
Sushil Kumar:[to Tom Jones] Wait till you get to 70, you'll get a second wind.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ian Hislop & Paul Merton (2003) (V)See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Brilliantly Original Concept, 24 April 2004
Author: de_niro_2001 from scotland

One other reviewer describes this as part chat show, part sitcom and that's a good way of describing it. Where did they get the idea for this? It's a very clever idea. A young Asian guy, still living with his parents, wants to be a chat show host and his successful businessman dad builds him a studio in the back garden. But while he's interviewing the celebrities, his Mum, Dad and Granny come in to the studio and ask the celebrities questions. It's quite obvious that the celebrities on the show enjoy it. Another reviewer says it reflects the sad worship of celebrities but I don't think that's a fair comment. The show is entertaining and there is a little of the spirit of Morecambe and Wise in it. Granny Kumar (aka "Ummi") is the real show stealer but Aswan had a really good line when Sanjev was interviewing some actress from East Enders and she said the Kumars were like people on East Enders. Aswan said "Yes, but we speak better English". Very true! In the programme featuring Patrick Stewart, Ummi said she had read on a website that Patrick Stewart didn't like talking about Star Trek then Sanjev came on in a Star Trek uniform. The show is brilliant and I can see why the Americans and Australians have produced their own versions. It's a pity I'm not famous enough, I'd love to be the Kumars' guest!

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