Tandoori Nights.

Tandoori Nights

Channel 4 sitcom. 12 episodes (2 series), 1985 - 1987.

Tandoori Nights - The Complete Series 1 & 2

Tandoori Nights - The Complete Series 1 & 2

Saeed Jaffrey stars in this spicy, groundbreaking Channel 4 comedy about an embattled curry house owner and his wayward family.

Jimmy Sharma (Jaffrey) is making a comfortable living running upscale Indian restaurant The Jewel in the Crown - until one of his ex-waiters opens rival outlet The Far Pavilions right across the street. The new place may be downmarket, with flock wallpaper and chips on the menu, but Jimmy's takings soon take a hit.

Jimmy is both supported and given the runaround by his feisty daughters Asha (Rita Wolf) and 'Bubbly' (Shelley King), who in turn are watched over by a domineering Gran (Zohra Sehgal) whose dearest wish is of course to marry each of them off to a suitable boy.

Created by prolific writer, producer and activist Farrukh Dhondy, and producer and co-founder of Picture Palace Films, Malcolm Craddock, the series addresses provocative issues around sexual and racial equality, and takes a wry look at interracial tensions between London's Indian and Bangladeshi communities, sassy, politicised Asian women, mixed-race relationships and grasping business methods.

First broadcast in 1985 and now on DVD for the first time, the series is also notable for featuring two episodes written by a 20-something Meera Syal.

First released: Monday 24th October 2016

  • Distributor: Simply Media
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 2
  • Minutes: 300
  • Catalogue: 167491

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