Goodness Gracious Me

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  • 1998
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.3  (1,283)

Goodness Gracious Me was a hugely popular sketch comedy show that aired on BBC from 1998 to 2001. It was created and written by a team of British Asian comedians, including Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, and Kulvinder Ghir. The show featured a cast of talented actors, many of whom went on to achieve greater fame in the entertainment industry.

The show's sketches featured hilarious and sometimes outrageous parodies of British and South Asian culture, often playing with stereotypes and subverting expectations. Some of the show's most famous sketches included "Going for an English", which depicted a group of South Asian people behaving in the most stereotypically British way possible, and "Kiss my Chuddies", which parodied the catchy slogans used in many 90s ads.

The show was groundbreaking in its representation of British Asians on TV, providing a platform for talented performers who had previously been largely ignored by mainstream media. It was also significant in its exploration of identity and the complex, often humorous, ways in which South Asian people navigate their cultural heritage and their Britishness.

Goodness Gracious Me featured a wide range of characters and scenarios, from the "Bhangra Muffins", a group of South Asian women who run a bakery and frequently find themselves at odds with their traditional parents, to "Chunky Lafunga", a parody of a Bollywood superstar with a fondness for over-the-top action sequences.

In addition to sketches, the show also featured musical performances and celebrity guests. Some notable guest stars included Joanna Lumley, Zoe Wanamaker, and Martin Kemp, all of whom gamely embraced the show's irreverent humour.

Overall, Goodness Gracious Me was an important cultural milestone in British television history, transcending racial barriers to become a beloved landmark of comedy. Its influence can still be felt today, with many of its cast and crew going on to successful careers in film, TV, and theatre.

Goodness Gracious Me is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on January 12, 1998.

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Episode 7
7. Episode 7
December 23, 1998
The Bhangramuffins enter into the spirit of Christmas and wonder exactly what their role will be in the Hounslow Multi-Cultural Interfaith Youth Community Centre's nativity play. Mr Everything Comes From India lays claim to Santa Claus and the Kapoors enjoy a traditional English Christmas with all the trimmings: including mince pies - this year without the minced beef!
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
December 18, 1998
In a special edition of Asian Gladiators, The Pharmacist competes against an Auntie. Meanwhile, Fat Boy takes part in his sports day with a big incentive at the finish. The Kapoors escape to the country for the weekend, Mrs I Can Make It At Home shows her approval of Blue Peter, and the Bhangramuffins get 'juggee with it'.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
December 11, 1998
An Indian couple remortgage their house to give their son everything he wants but yell at their daughter when she wants to borrow the hairdryer; and the Guru Maharishi Yogi launches his new spiritual guide to enlightenment after the success of his first book, which was made into the Hollywood blockbuster Basic Instinct.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
December 4, 1998
Mrs Eatmore takes drastic measures to ensure that her dinner guests are well fed, Fixer Uncle proves that he can get anything cheaper - even sex and drugs, and the Melodramatic Family suffer more traumas on a family picnic. Meanwhile, the Maharaja Gourmet treats his guests to such delicacies as tigers' bums on crackers, and a dessert of buttock of chimp in a raspberry mousse.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
November 27, 1998
Guru Maharishi Yogi welcomes viewers to his Temple of Enlightenment and tells the story of Krishna, which is remarkably similar to that of Star Wars. There are some wonderful memories from the Colonial Woman - like the execution of her Auntie and being flogged by a group of young fusiliers - and, on the musical side of things, there is a reworking of Men in Black.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
November 20, 1998
The Bhangramuffins question why there are never more than five Asians at a Saturday football match - because who would look after the family shop? And there is no pleasing Ironic Granny, even at her own birthday party.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
November 13, 1998
Chunky Lafunga, heart-throb and veteran of more than 4,000 Bollywood films, brings his melodramatic style to the quintessentially English Pride and Prejudice. The Kapoors are so determined to be taken for English that they boast about how sexually repressed they are. And in a cracking musical finale, Punjabi Girl performs a special number to the tune of Aqua's Barbie Girl.
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  • Premiere Date
    January 12, 1998
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (1,283)