In 1970s England, cultures start to mix and cross with different experiences. Archie is contemplating suicide until he meets Clara, who is fleeing an oppressive Jehovah's Witness mother. ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Om Puri ...  Samad 4 episodes, 2002
Phil Davis ...  Archie 4 episodes, 2002
Naomie Harris ...  Clara 4 episodes, 2002
Archie Panjabi ...  Alsana 4 episodes, 2002
Deepak Verma ...  Shiva 4 episodes, 2002
Mona Hammond Mona Hammond ...  Hortense 4 episodes, 2002
Jeff Mirza ...  Mo 4 episodes, 2002
Geraldine James ...  Joyce Malfen 3 episodes, 2002
Robert Bathurst ...  Marcus Malfen 3 episodes, 2002
Kammy Darweish ...  Ardashir 3 episodes, 2002
Charlie Creed-Miles ...  Ryan Topps 3 episodes, 2002
Nina Wadia ...  Neena 3 episodes, 2002
Rhys Bond Rhys Bond ...  Reporter 3 episodes, 2002
Christopher Simpson ...  Magid / ... 2 episodes, 2002
Sarah Ozeke Sarah Ozeke ...  Irie 2 episodes, 2002
Steve Sweeney ...  Lager Lad / ... 2 episodes, 2002
San Shella ...  Young Samad 2 episodes, 2002
Bryan Dick ...  Young Archie 2 episodes, 2002
David Langham ...  Young Devil of Dachau 2 episodes, 2002
James McAvoy ...  Josh Malfen 2 episodes, 2002
Jacob Scipio ...  Magid / ... 2 episodes, 2002
Sophie Winkleman ...  Joely 2 episodes, 2002
Rufus Jones ...  Crispin 2 episodes, 2002
Daniel Tuite ...  Paddy 2 episodes, 2002
Chu Omambala Chu Omambala ...  Brother Ibrahim 2 episodes, 2002


In 1970s England, cultures start to mix and cross with different experiences. Archie is contemplating suicide until he meets Clara, who is fleeing an oppressive Jehovah's Witness mother. Meanwhile, Samad has arrived in England to meet with his old war-friend Archie and to complete his arranged marriage. The two couples have different experiences of multicultural Britain and this differs from their children as the story follows the two generations across the years. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Comedy

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Release Date:

11 May 2003 (USA) See more »

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(4 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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In White Teeth, Om Puri and Archie Panjabi play husband and wife. In East is East, they played father and daughter. See more »


Clara: Did the whole of your life flash before your eyes, like dey say, Archie?
Archie: It did, yeah. Thing is, I wasn't really in it.
Clara: You a good man, Archie. Not excitin' - but good. I glad you don kill yourself.
Archie: Thank you.
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27 October 2002 | by karatebabeSee all my reviews

I found the four-part adoption of Zadie Smith's novel White Teeth fantastic. I thought the first two parts were more serious then the last two but the plot was more obscure. I thought Christopher Simpson was brilliant as Millat and Magid. I have never seen him before in anything else but his acting was great as he really made his unrealistic characters believable and unforgettable. He had an amazing talent of making the audience believe in these two totally different people.

After watching each part, I found my self-counting the days till the next instalment. I got really involved in the narrative but all the way through the series I felt as if I were watching a story meant for a book because of the extreme situations and characters. The plot was unbelievable at times but that did not spoil it at all but on the contrary made it more entertaining and exhilarating. I thought that having Archi Panjabi play Samad's wife Alasana played by Om Puri, was a bit outrageous and ridiculous because she played his daughter in East Is East. The third part had more of an impact on me and brought me back wanting more. The last part was more humorous than anything, I did begin to think that the plot was going to get really serious but it didn't. I loved the unpredictability of it. It was fantastical. A must see.*_*

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