British Muslim women are hitting the road - taking their independence in both hands and putting their foot on the gas. This unique and entertaining series takes us into the world of women learners and their instructors, telling their stories over the weeks and months as they build towards their driving test. During the six episodes of Muslim Driving School, we get an intimate and revelatory insight into the lives of the women and their families from Burnley to Bradford.
For these women, driving isn't just a pleasure pursuit; it confers freedom and status, and opens up job opportunities that would otherwise been unreachable. We follow them as they negotiate perilous streets for the first time. Like all drivers-to-be, some take to it like a duck to water, while others never quite get it, no matter how many lessons they have!
It's an emotional time for grandmother Taslima Dhin. Not only is it the holy month of Ramadan, but she's also waiting to hear whether her 75-year-old mother will get a visa to visit her only daughter. In the 45 years that Taslima's been in Britain, her mother has never been to see her. While she waits for news, Taslima carries on with her driving lessons. But both she and her instructor Ali are beginning to feel frustrated by her slow progress - one step forward, two steps back.
Mother of three Humera is finally ready to take her test after five months of lessons. Having missed her deadline to pass in time to drive her oldest son to his new secondary school, she is determined get there as soon as possible. But as her test approaches, her confidence is evaporating and the instructor, Mr Ramzan, needs to find new ways to keep her concentrated on the task in hand.