BBC Three orders second Man Like Mobeen

Wednesday 5th September 2018, 12:33pm

  • Man Like Mobeen will be back on BBC Three with a second four-part series
  • The Birmingham-set sitcom follows a young man bringing up his sister - and incompetent friends - alone
  • It is co-created, written by and stars Guz Khan
Man Like Mobeen. Image shows from L to R: Eight (Tez Ilyas), Mobeen (Guz Khan), Nate (Tolulope Ogunmefun). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Man Like Mobeen has been commissioned for a second, four-episode series.

The BBC Three comedy debuted in 2016 with an 11-minute pilot published on iPlayer, followed by a four-part series in 2017.

Today the online channel has confirmed a second run of the Birmingham-set comedy, ordered from producers at Tiger Aspect. It will film later this year in Birmingham.

Written and created by Guz Khan and Andy Milligan, the sitcom follows Mobeen, a 29-year-old man from a reported no-go zone for anyone who isn't Muslim and a hotbed for terrorist activity.

The channel explains: "In reality Mobeen, like most other people in Birmingham, knows no terrorists, and spends his personal time parenting his best friends Eight and Nate and - most importantly - his little sister and love of his family life, Aqsa. He does all of this alone, acting as a very hairy mother, father and brother figure in the hood."

Producers add: "Offering a rarely seen insight into working class life as an ethnic minority, Man Like Mobeen addresses real issues whilst maintaining the comedic palatability of Guz Khan's unique voice."

Guz Khan, who also stars in the title role, says: "I always knew we could make something that would make working class people laugh and be proud of who we are. It just so happens that Cuthbert from Monmouth and a couple of UKIP supporters liked it as well. Who'd have thought, hey?"

David Simpson, executive producer, says: "We are so delighted audiences have embraced Guz Khan's brilliantly funny character Mobeen and we cannot wait to continue telling his unique, funny and often poignant story."

Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning at the BBC adds: "A welcome return for our mischievous Muslim misfits in this subversive sitcom, which nimbly walks the line of challenging lazy stereotypes through its sharp writing and a knockout ensemble cast of richly drawn characters."

The rest of the sitcom's cast - Tez Ilyas, Tolulope Ogunmefun and Duaa Karim - are also expected to return.

All four episodes from the first series are currently available to watch on iPlayer, following repeat broadcasts on BBC Two during August as part of the BBC's Big British Asian Summer season of programming.


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