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The iconic BBC comedy series The Kumars at No. 42 is set for a return on the small screen. A new iteration called Meet The Kumars has been commissioned by American network Fox.

Created by Sanjeev Bhaskar, the series revolves around the Kumar family, who host a fictional talk show, inviting real celebrities to their home. The format combines scripted comedy with improvisation, blurring the lines between fiction and reality.

The Kumars at No. 42 first hit screens in 2001. It was revived in 2014 as The Kumars At No. 42B, which ran for six episodes, and in 2022 Syal reprised her role on the radio for Gossip And Goddesses With Granny Kumar.

The official description for the new show reads as follows: We all remember the Kumars and their only son Sanjeev’s dreams of being a famous chat show host. How his obliging parents bulldozed the garden at their modest family home to build him a TV studio and make his dreams come true, whilst also (along with his unconventional grandmother) insisting on embarrassing him in front of every guest. Yet over the years, the great and the good from the worlds of stage, screen, and sport flocked to be on The Kumars’ show. And now, the mischievous family has returned! A little older, more experienced but none the wiser.

It has been confirmed that Bhaskar, Syal, and Ebrahim will reprise their roles, with Shaheen Khan joining the cast as Rani, Sanjeev’s new step mum.

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A pilot episode is being filmed at BBC Studios in Elstree on Wednesday 13th March.

Stay tuned to this space for more updates!

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