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Riz Ahmed Brings His British-Pakistani Family Drama – Englistan To BBC

Riz Ahmed Brings His British-Pakistani Family Drama – Englistan To BBC

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Looks like 2018 is going to be just as successful a year for Riz Ahmed as 2017! With the BBC officially announcing it’s collaboration with Riz for a nine-part documentary drama series, Englistan, it’s no wonder that he is thrilled!

Englistan, written by Ahmed himself, is the story of three generations of a British-Pakistani family pursuing their dreams over four tumultuous decades, navigating shifting circumstances and evolving loyalties.

The series will reflect the story of three generations of a British Pakistani family, the Latifs; Jamal and Fatima, their children Ashraf, Razia, and Asim, and their grandchildren Zahed, Naseem, and Ayesha.

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Englistan will re-frame recent British history, and shine a light on the forces that have made British society what it is today. It will take the audience through political movements and economic boom and bust, through gang-land rivalries and assimilation into the heart of the establishment, through spiritual soul-searching and religious conflict.

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The show promises to question what it means to be true to oneself, to belong, and whether ‘home’ is a country, a community, or something much more personal. Englistan is a story of family, of the enduring love a family provides, how it sustains us, restricts us, and defines us for better or worse.

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“I’m excited to be working with Esther Springer and all the team at BBC Studios,” said Ahmed in a statement. “Englistan is an untold British story with universal themes and resonance. It’s the story I always wanted to tell, and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to do so.”

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Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, added: “Riz Ahmed is a phenomenal talent and Englistan promises to be a hugely ambitious, layered and resonant drama about family and identity. New writing, massive canvas, the biggest issues; it is a perfect drama for BBC Two.”

Though it might be early 2019 before the show airs, we can bet that this will be one awesome show to watch!


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