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Felicity Kendal and Sanjeev Bhaskar

The Kumars at No 42 returns to BBC ONE, Friday 14 July at 9.30pm



The Kumars are back for a brand new series of The Kumars at No 42, the unique cross between a sitcom and a chat show in which celebrity guests are interviewed by a fictional Indian family in their respectable suburban home.

 

The show returns to BBC ONE on Friday 14 July.

 

The first two guests in the new series are the versatile and much-loved actress Felicity Kendal and fiery chef and reality TV star Gordon Ramsay.

 

Talking about her love of the country in which she was raised, Felicity tells the Kumars: "I was once in India with a banana and some nuts and we foolishly started feeding some monkeys - there were about 3,000 of the things and they all looked incredibly fierce.

 

"Suddenly one of the big ones jumped on me and wrestled me to the ground scratching my head.

 

"My friend who was with me just kept shouting 'Look them in the eye! Look them in the eye!' which was pretty tricky considering there were so many thousands of them!"

 

She gives her verdict on why The Good Life was so popular: "I think the British have something about wellies which is why [the series] did so well - it's something about the rubber I think."

 

And she comments on her famous Rear-Of-The-Year award.

 

Meanwhile Gordon Ramsay chats about the allure of keeping pigs: "I now have two rare Berkshire pigs living in my garden because who doesn't love a bacon sandwich?

 

"One's got a lovely voluptuous bottom and the other one's got a small concave chest with minute teats, so I decided to keep it simple and went for the names Trinny and Susannah."

 

And why it always seems to be Mums who take a fancy to him: "I do get female attention; it's quite embarrassing really - although of course very flattering - but it always seems to be pretty young girls who all say 'My Mum's so in love with you!'"

 

Other guests in the series are:

 

Friday 21 July - Jamie Cullum and Cybill Shepherd;

 

Friday 28 July - Louis Walsh and Trisha Goddard;

 

Friday 4 August - Suzi Quatro and Darcey Bussell;

 

Friday 11 August - Max Beesley and Richard Wilson;

 

Friday 18 August - Chris Tarrant and Alan Alda.

 

Sanjeev Bhaskar stars as Sanjeev, the charmingly naïve chat-show host and Meera Syal is his raucous and cheeky grandmother who is growing old disgracefully.

 

Indira Joshi is Mum, who wants what every Asian mother wants - a wedding; and Vincent Ebrahim is Dad who is keen to get down to business - literally.

 

The Kumars At No 42 is a Hat Trick Production for BBC ONE.

 

The series is written by Richard Pinto, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Simon Blackwell and Sharat Sardana.

 

The director is Nick Wood, the producer is Alex Jackson-Long, the Executive Producer is Anil Gupta.

 

The series was commissioned by Lucy Lumsden, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, BBC.

 

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Category: TV Entertainment; BBC ONE
Date: 06.07.2006
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