Khan family strife be humorous?


Citizen Khan (BBC One,

Friday October 4, 9.30pm)

What’s It All About? A self-appointed Muslim community leader and his long-suffering family.

If the success of 1999 Bafta Award-winning East is East is anything to go by, this comedy was always going to be rather popular. Creator Adil Ray, who also plays Mr Khan, can breathe a sigh of relief that the series is back on the Beeb for a second series.

Sure, it was criticised by some for its supposedly old-fashioned gags and clichéd characters, but as the saying goes, you can’t please all the people all the time (although it obviously pleased someone at the Beeb, given that it’s been commissioned for this new run).

As this second series kicks off, Mr Khan has to deal with the fact that daughter Alia has failed her exams.

As Mrs Khan lays down the law, and tells her husband to sign Alia up at the Muslim Academy, he’s none too happy when he realises the cost, and so decides there’s a better option.

Meanwhile, Shazia invites her boss and best friend Debbie around for dinner and plans to ask her to be chief bridesmaid at her wedding, but she hadn’t counted on her dad inadvertently inviting an extra guest.