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Till Jihad do us Part

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 11 October 2010

Meena is not an observant Muslim. She enjoys bacon butties, gets a little tipsy from time to time and has had her fair share of boyfriends. But she's nearly 30 and the pressure is on to settle down.

With her mother demanding grandchildren and her younger sister's wedding looming, she decides it's time to tone down the partying and a find a good steady man. Enter Sarwar, charming, mysterious, sophisticated and newly arrived from Kashmir.

She falls for him big time and decides he might as well be the one. All marriages are a gamble, aren't they? Their whirlwind engagement appears to be an unlikely match, but the real surprises are in store when Meena suspects her new fiance may be a terrorist.

Sarwar is certainly hiding some crucial information about his past but not quite in the way that Meena imagines. He is using Meena for the sole purpose of gaining a visa, but in spite of his best efforts, is beginning to fall in love with her.

Can he convince her before his arch enemy arrives to completely upset the wedding plans? No one is quite who they seem in this comedy! Whatever obstacles lie in the way of Meena and Sarwar's marriage, much harder to overcome is their fear of trusting each other.

Written by Shai Hussain in his first drama for BBC Radio 4.

Meena Khatoon ..... Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi
Sarwar Hussain ..... Sagar Arya
Mrs Khatoon .... Nina Wadia
Jamil ..... Perveen Hussain
Kaleem .... Kulvinder Ghir
Frederick ..... Conor Alexander

Sound design by Eloise Whitmore

Producer: Melanie Harris
A Crosslab Production for BBC Radio 4.



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