In 2015 comedy is big business, whilst comedians are playing to packed houses, sitcom land is still playing catch up.

There have been some high profile successful sitcoms over recent years: Not Going Out, W1A, Still Open All Hours to name a few.  Of the recent batch there is a sitcom that seems to be catching on around the world, that sitcom is Citizen Khan.  To date the the show has run for three series wuth a fourth on the way.  It first hit our screens back in 2012 and was soon lined up for series two, on 5th December 2012, it was announced that Citizen Khan would air in Australia on Seven Network and in New Zealand on BBC UKTV (broadcast by Sky Television) in 2013.  In July 2013, the show premiered in India on Viacom co-owned Comedy Central.

The title of the show is a play on the title of the Orson Welles film Citizen Kane.  The lead character Mr Khan has already popped up in the BBC Two comedy series Bellamy’s People, he also featured on BBC Radio 4’s Down the Line.  He has also had his own online series on the BBC Comedy website.


Set in Sparkhill, Birmingham, described by Mr Khan, as “the capital of British Pakistan.” Citizen Khan follows the day to day life of Mr Khan, a loud-mouthed, patriarchal, self-appointed, cricket-loving community leader, and his long suffering wife and daughters Shazia and Alia.



Mr Khan – Adil Ray
Mrs Razia Khan – Shobu Kapoor
Shazia Malik – Maya Sondhi
Alia Khan – Bhavna Limbachia
Amjad Malik – Abdullah Afzal
Riaz  – Nish Nathwani
Mrs Malik – Harvey Virdi
Keith  – Phil Nice
Naani – Adlyn Ross
Dave – Matthew Cottle  (series 2 – present)
Dave – Kris Marshall (series 1)
Omar – Felix Dexter


Channel: BBC1
Created By: Adil Ray
Developed And Written By:
Anil Gupta
Richard Pinto
Adil Ray
Original Transmission Dates: 27 August 2012 – present

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