Mumbai Calling. Image shows from L to R: Kenny Gupta (Sanjeev Bhaskar), Terri Johnson (Daisy Beaumont), Dev (Nitin Ganatra). Image credit: Allan McKeown Presents.

Mumbai Calling

ITV sitcom set in an Indian call centre. British-born Kenny is sent to India to run the business. He must work with Dev and Terri

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
2007 - 2009  (ITV)
Episodes:
8 (pilot + 1 series)
Starring:
Sanjeev Bhaskar, Nitin Ganatra, Daisy Beaumont, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Naren Chandavarkar, Preetika Chawla, Siddarth Kumar, Samar Sarila, Namit Das, Raoul Amar Abbas, Vivek Gomber
Writers:
Sanjeev Bhaskar, Simon Blackwell, Colin Swash, Dan Gaster, Carl Carter, Tony Cooke, Nitin Ganatra, Allan McKeown
Production:
Allan McKeown Presents

Kenny Gupta is a British-born Indian who is sent out to a Mumbai to turn around Teknobable, a failing company being run by Dev Rajah - a manager more interested in chasing his female staff and using the centre for his own profitable side lines. The arrival of English business woman Terri Johnson, an assessor from London HQ, only adds to their problems.

Our Review: The general reaction to the 2007 pilot was muted - most viewers who saw the trial episode didn't dislike it but, then again, they didn't roll around laughing either. Our personal opinion was that the Mumbai Calling we saw in 2007 showed much promise - it was a warm and gentle comedy which didn't offend.

It should be noted that the full series is quite a bit different from the pilot. The focus was taken away from the British business team, with Tiffany and Anthony gone. Instead the action centred much more around Dev and his Indian team. There were laughs to be had, but the scripts were quite patchy and the delivery too 'cartoony' at times.

The series was generally considered a failure... and this was mainly the fault of the schedulers. It was very hard to tell if they had any faith in the show. They held back the series in 2008 (which suggested they didn't want to show it), but then gave it the perfect launch in 2009 by placing it after the Britain's Got Talent final (one of the highest rating shows of the decade)... However, after the big launch, they then scheduled Mumbai Calling against BBC1's ratings winning Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, which essentially killed any chance the show had of building up a following.