The Kumars at No 42 to return!
Words: Caroline Foran
Remember The Kumars at No 42? They were big fans of bread rolls. Well they're back! Albeit in a somewhat downsized reimagining of the original, rightly reflective of the times we live in. As preported today, Sky are in talks to bring the spoof chat show back to life, but this time the family will be ordering 'an English' and munching their buttered bread rolls from No 42b, a flat in Hounslow, run by the dad.
As you'd hope, Sanjeev Bhaskar returns as the irreverant host, engaging in banter with various celebrities who visit the family home. Life has changed considerably for Sanjeev however as his character is now divorced, left with part-custody of his eight-year-old daughter. No doubt the show will pick up with a similar format; Sanjeev continuing on with his chat show host aspirations while his family serve only to cut in on the action, asking memorable questions like this:
Sushil Kumar: [to David Hasselhoff about Bay Watch] There were lots of characters on that show with plastic breasts.
Sushil Kumar: Not to mention the women.
Looking back at the success garnered by the original show, it's no wonder Sky thought to revive it with Father Ted producers Hat Trick at the helm. In it's first 53 show run, from 2001 to 2006, The Kumars which began life as a BBC production earned itself two international Emmies.
Commenting on this exciting news, Bhaskar says: 'It’s incredibly exciting to revisit these warm, oddball characters and to be given the opportunity to bring them up to date. We’ve tried to retain what viewers loved about the original show and to inject new characters and elements in a slightly new format that we hope will appeal to an even broader audience.'
Keep an eye on Sheena's TV section for updates on when the show is due to air. Exciting!
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Thursday 3rd May 2012 | Comedy
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