The Kumars at No. 42

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  • 2001
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.6  (640)

The Kumars at No. 42 was a popular British television show that aired on BBC Two from 2001 to 2006. Created by Sanjeev Bhaskar, Richard Pinto, and Sharat Sardana, the show was a comedy talk show that followed the lives of a British-Indian family called the Kumars, who lived in their fictional home at No. 42 in Hounslow, West London.

The show revolved around the Kumar family's hilarious and often chaotic interviews with various guests, ranging from A-list celebrities to politicians and business figures. The show was different from traditional talk shows in that it was shot in a mock talk-show set in the Kumars' living room, which was decorated with Indian-inspired decor, including cushions, curtains, and a shrine.

Sanjeev Bhaskar played the role of the family's eldest son, Sanjeev Kumar, who hosted the show and conducted the interviews. Other members of the family included Madhuri (Vincent Ebrahim), Sanjeev's mother, Ashwin (Ace Bhatti), Sanjeev's father, and Ummi, Sanjeev's grandmother (Indira Joshi). The family also had a pet goat named Sammy, who often made appearances on the show.

The format of the show was simple yet effective. Sanjeev would introduce the guest, who would then be interviewed by the Kumar family. The interviews were often humorous and not to be taken too seriously. The family would frequently use their Indian traditions as a way of adding laughs into the interviews, such as asking guests to participate in a game called "Gandy Dancing," which involved Indian dance moves.

The Kumars at No. 42 became renowned for the sheer quality of its guests. Over the years, the show featured an impressive list of celebrities, including Kylie Minogue, Helena Bonham-Carter, Tony Blair, Richard E. Grant, and Dame Edna Everage, to name a few. Perhaps one of the standout interviews on the show was with Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, when he appeared on the show during his campaign to become the Governor of California.

The show had a lighthearted feel to it, which made it all the more enjoyable to watch. The Kumars had a unique ability to bring out the best in their guests, and the result was often hilarious banter and memorable moments. The show was also noted for its innovative format and creative use of technology. For example, the show made use of a green screen, which allowed for guests to choose their preferred background for the interview.

Despite its popularity, the show came to an end in 2006. The Kumars at No. 42 had a lasting impact on British television, with its unique format and hilarious characters still remembered fondly by fans today. Sanjeev Bhaskar has gone on to achieve further success in the entertainment industry, with his work in shows such as Goodness Gracious Me and Unforgotten.

In conclusion, The Kumars at No. 42 was a groundbreaking British television show that combined humor, technology, and creativity to create a unique viewing experience. The show's ability to attract high-profile guests and its engaging format made it a favorite among fans, and its influence can still be felt in comedy shows today. The Kumars at No. 42 will always be remembered for its ability to make people laugh and for capturing the hearts of viewers across the country.

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Stephen Fry / Lesley Garrett
10. Stephen Fry / Lesley Garrett
 
The Kumar family interviews celebrity guests Stephen Fry and Lesley Garrett.
Wendy Richard / John Sergeant
9. Wendy Richard / John Sergeant
 
The Kumar family interviews celebrity guests Wendy Richard and John Sergeant.
Charlotte Church / Martin Kemp
8. Charlotte Church / Martin Kemp
 
The Kumar family interviews celebrity guests Charlotte Church and Martin Kemp.
Ulrika Jonsson / Antony Worral Thompson
7. Ulrika Jonsson / Antony Worral Thompson
 
The Kumar family interviews celebrity guests Ulrika Jonsson and Antony Worral Thompson.
Nigel Havers / Ronan Keating
6. Nigel Havers / Ronan Keating
 
The Kumar family interviews celebrity guests Nigel Havers and Ronan Keating.
Ismail Merchant / Helena Bonham Carter
5. Ismail Merchant / Helena Bonham Carter
 
The Kumar family interviews celebrity guests Ismail Merchant and Helena Bonham Carter.
Barbara Windsor / Patsy Palmer
4. Barbara Windsor / Patsy Palmer
 
The Kumar family interviews celebrity guests Barbara Windsor and Patsy Palmer.
Barbara Windsor / Patsy Palmer / Adam Woodyatt
4. Barbara Windsor / Patsy Palmer / Adam Woodyatt
June 17, 2002
The Kumar family interview celebrity guests in their charming Wembley home. Presented by Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal, guest stars in this episode include Barbara Windsor, Patsy Palmer and Adam Woodyatt.
Richard & Judy / Lorraine Kelly
3. Richard & Judy / Lorraine Kelly
 
The Kumar family interviews celebrity guests Richard & Judy and Lorraine Kelly.
Melvyn Bragg / Jerry Hall
2. Melvyn Bragg / Jerry Hall
 
The Kumar family interviews celebrity guests Laurence Melvyn Bragg and Jerry Hall.
Laurence Llewelyn Bowen / Ray Winstone
1. Laurence Llewelyn Bowen / Ray Winstone
 
The Kumar family interview celebrity guests in their charming Wembley home. Presented by Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal, guest stars in this episode include Ray Winstone and Laurence Llewelyn Bowen.
Ray Winstone / Laurence Llewelyn Bowen
1. Ray Winstone / Laurence Llewelyn Bowen
May 27, 2002
Barbara Windsor (Eastenders), Patsy Palmer & Adam Woodyat drop by.
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  • Premiere Date
    November 12, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (640)