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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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30 min (53 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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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 Helena Bonham-Carter] In this country you are seen as the epitome of elegance and good manners. But I personally was very, very happy to see you in Fight Club playing a right old slut. Did you enjoy it?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Top Gear: Episode #3.6" (2003)See more »


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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Witty Alternative to the Usual Same-old Same-old, 16 January 2005
Author: Rambimbo from Wisconsin

Reruns of this show just started playing in the US on BBC America and I think this show is a hoot to watch. Half the show is a send-up of British middle-class values, and the fact that the family is also Indian is treated so matter-of-factly that it doesn't seem exceptional at all. It's an interesting illustration of how western and eastern cultural mores can co-exist. Furthermore, the non-sequitor type questions asked by the Kumar family members reveal how our interest in celebrities is partly a self-absorbed wish to see ourselves reflected back. However, the primary thing about this show is that it's witty and entertaining.

I especially like that the celebrity guests aren't the sole focus. The show's unusual format seems to draw a genuine and candid reaction from the guests, most of whom are bemused but are clearly willing to join into the spirit of the show. This tells us more about who they are than all those canned anecdotes one hears on the typical late night talk shows.

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