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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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A modern sophisticated comedy for Britain as it is in the 21st Century See more (8 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 9)

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 .... writer: 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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30 min (53 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Although Meera Syal plays the grandmother of Sanjeev Bhaskar's character, she is only three years older than him (almost to the day). While in production for The Kumars, Syal and Bhaskar married.See more »
Sanjeev Kumar:Hello, and welcome to *my* show.See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A modern sophisticated comedy for Britain as it is in the 21st Century, 10 April 2004
Author: owston-tj from York, England

The clever aspect of the Kumar comedy is it is a reflection of the attitudes and position of many people of Asian descent in modern Britain, part of British life but with a hint of Asian culture. The family is associated with Indian culture and religion(they have nothing to do with Pakistan and the 'P' word is the British racist equivalent of the American 'N' word).

The great aspect of the series is that we can watch the comedy knowing that the humour is safe and is usually directed against the pretentions of the son and his celebrity aspirations. The Grandmother is a brilliant creation of Meera Syal a gifted creative actor and writer, the comedy lines are usually hers, though the mother and father can easily aid the sons frustrations. Never do interviews with the guest celebrities conclude without a family intervention, usually witty but always funny.

Its perhaps not for those who like the very laddish and moronic humour of other British comedy or the 1950's-1990's racist and homophobic humour which no longer has a place on modern British television. It avoids direct political comment and attacks on British racism, yet becomes in itself a comment on the (partial) success of anti-racist campaigns in modern British life, though reflects sadly current worship of celebrities.

Its a cult show, but one that entertains many of its more sophisticated viewers and there are millions of those in Britain.

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