Citizen Khan. Image shows from L to R: Mr Khan (Adil Ray), Mrs Khan (Shobu Kapoor). Copyright: BBC
Citizen Khan

Citizen Khan

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2012 - 2016
  • 34 episodes (5 series)

Sitcom focusing on Mr Khan - self appointed community leader and future President of the Sparkhill Pakistani Business Association. Stars Adil Ray, Shobu Kapoor, Bhavna Limbachia, Maya Sondhi, Krupa Pattani and more.

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Series 5, Episode 1 - Cricket

Citizen Khan. Image shows from L to R: Mr Khan (Adil Ray), Sadiq Khan. Copyright: BBC
Mr Khan makes an exhibition of himself in front of a packed house at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

Preview clips

Further details

Having been made to sleep in the car by Mrs Khan after forgetting their wedding anniversary, Mr Khan is on a mission to make amends. But his boast to Dave that he knows local boy Moeen Ali backfires when Amjad suggests he could get the famous England all-rounder to make a celebrity appearance at the fundraiser that Mrs Khan and Shazia are helping organise. Mr Khan has no option but to get to the cricket match to find Moeen and do whatever it takes.

Broadcast details

Friday 4th November 2016
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 7th November 2016 12:00am BBC1
Saturday 21st July 2018 9:00pm Gold
Sunday 22nd July 2018 4:05pm Gold
Tuesday 14th August 2018 11:40pm Gold
Wednesday 15th August 2018 9:15pm Gold
Sunday 21st October 2018 9:40pm Gold
Monday 22nd October 2018 3:10am Gold
Monday 22nd April 2019 12:20pm Gold
Monday 22nd April 2019 5:00pm Gold
Saturday 2nd May 2020 8:55am Gold
Sunday 3rd May 2020 7:20am Gold
Sunday 7th June 2020 8:20am Gold
Saturday 30th October 2021 8:30am Gold
Sunday 31st October 2021 1:30am Gold
Sunday 31st October 2021 7:40am Gold
Saturday 12th March 2022 8:10am Gold
Sunday 13th March 2022 7:15am Gold
Saturday 11th June 2022 8:35am Gold
Sunday 12th June 2022 7:40am Gold
Saturday 17th September 2022 7:40am Gold
Sunday 18th September 2022 7:10am Gold
Saturday 25th February 2023 8:05am Gold
Sunday 26th February 2023 7:05am Gold
Saturday 3rd June 2023 9:40am Gold
Sunday 4th June 2023 9:00am Gold
Saturday 16th September 2023 7:45am Gold
Sunday 17th September 2023 7:45am Gold
Saturday 2nd March 2024 9:40am Gold
Sunday 3rd March 2024 7:35am Gold

Cast & crew

Adil Ray Mr Khan
Shobu Kapoor Mrs Khan
Bhavna Limbachia Alia
Krupa Pattani Shazia
Abdullah Afzal Amjad
Matthew Cottle Dave
Nish Nathwani Riaz
Guest cast
Ann Akin Female Police Officer
Richard Popple Policeman
Natasha Radski Mrs Kominski
Hayley Bishop Charlotte
Nisha Anil Rahila
Alexander Morris Kit Boy
Sadiq Khan Self
Michael Vaughan Self
Jonathan Agnew Self
Nick Owen Self
Writing team
Anil Gupta Writer
Richard Pinto Writer
Adil Ray Writer
James Cary Writer
Production team
Nick Wood Director
Anil Gupta Producer
Rebecca Papworth Executive Producer
Richard Pinto Co-producer
Adil Ray Co-producer
Richard Halladay (as Richard Halladey) Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Jo Buckingham Casting Director
Chris Goodger Director of Photography
Karen Hobbs Costume Designer
Tori Robinson Make-up Designer
Julia Smith Lighting Designer
Kam Frantic Composer
Anil Gupta Developer
Richard Pinto Developer
Adil Ray Developer
James Cary Developer


Mr Khan meets Sadiq Khan

Here's the moment that Mr Khan meets Sadiq Khan, The Lord Mayor of London.

Featuring: Adil Ray (Mr Khan) & Sadiq Khan.

Mr Khan goes streaking

Dave and Riaz are concerned for Mr Khan, especially when Mr Khan shows them his googlies.

Featuring: Michael Vaughan & Jonathan Agnew.


Citizen Khan review

There's little doubt Adil Ray's sitcom is culturally important. But even the mayor of London can't rescue its comedy from wooden puns and 70s sex gags.

Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 5th November 2016

A new series of the mirthless Citizen Khan lands with a thump. Mr Khan has been banished, made to sleep in his car after forgetting his own wedding anniversary. Resolving to make amends, he gets himself into a spot of bother at Edgbaston cricket ground. There are some impressive guest stars, mind you, including Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew, former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan and the mayor of London himself, Sadiq Khan.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 4th November 2016

Preview - Citizen Khan

While there will forever be debate about the show's quality, for me the main problem caused by Citizen Khan is that the BBC deep down must think that they have done enough in terms of catering to BAME audiences with just one sitcom, in comparison to ITV2 who have been trying out new pilots all week. The BBC needs to be more adventurous and seek new talent.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 4th November 2016

I despise this sitcom. I cannot understand its appeal. It is excruciating and yet the BBC insists on repeatedly giving it new series. Here it is again on what is, inexplicably, its fifth outing. How can this be?

I feel psychic when I'm watching Citizen Khan because the gags are so wildly obvious you can predict them. In those long, sagging minutes before the panto punchline is delivered you can see it coming, and you drum your fingers on the desk and you look at the clock and you bite your lip and then, boom-tish!, the wee joke is said and the thing creaks on to its next cartoonish scene.

In the series opener, Khan forgets his wedding anniversary so his wife makes him sleep in the car. And his boasts that he knows a famous cricketer gets him into trouble when he's asked to invite him to a community fundraiser. The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, guest stars, suggesting he has less decorum than his predecessor.

Julie McDowall, The National (Scotland), 4th November 2016

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