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Shappi Talk

BBC Radio 4 stand-up / chat show. 8 episodes (2 series), 2009 - 2010. Stars Shaparak Khorsandi and Hils Barker.

Shappi Talk

A Radio 4 comedy series in which Shappi Khorsandi explores what it is like being brought up in the UK within a non-British family

Stand-Up, Chat Show
2009 - 2010
BBC Radio 4
8   (2 series)
Shaparak Khorsandi and Hils Barker
Shaparak Khorsandi, Hils Barker, Christian Reilly and Pavan Khorsandi
Paul Russell

Iranian Shappi Khorsandi, together with guests, discusses what it was like being brought up in the UK within a non-British family.

The first series looked at four different aspects of Shappi's life - unconventional parents, religion, growing up and, in the opener, racism.

Each week, Shappi also talks to a guest "on location", who has experiences in the topic of discussion. Shappi also interacts with the audience, who share some of their experiences of each week's subject.

Guests appearing in the first series included John Gordillo, who was brought up in an unconventional Italian family; Stewart Francis, who was brought up in Canada; and Paul Sinha, who was brought up in a strong Bengali family. Shappi also chats to Lenny Henry, Ken Livingstone and Ben Okri.

In the second series of Shappi Talk, Shappi Korsandi takes a wry look at the diverse subjects of divorce, addiction, history and politics.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 9th July 2009 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 12th January 2011 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 18th March 2019 at 10:30pm on Radio 4 Extra

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