BBC One announced that it has commissioned a fifth series of the award-winning family-based sitcom Citizen Khan.
The new series will see creator Adil Ray return to the title role alongside Shobu Kapoor, who plays Mrs Khan; Krupa Pattani and Bhavna Limbachia, who play daughters Shazia and Alia; and Abdullah Afzal, who plays Shazia’s husband, Amjad.
The fifth series of Citizen Khan has the Khan family in a state of flux. Amjad is finally a proper policeman as he and Shazia are about to become parents for the second time; Alia is thinking of leaving home, either by going to college or finally achieving her dream of Instagram superstardom; and Mrs Khan is facing up to the prospect of an empty nest and wondering if she and her husband will have anything in common anymore. Meanwhile, Mr Khan himself is blissfully unaware of any clouds on the horizon as he is far too busy being an entrepreneur, community leader and surely soon the next president of the Sparkhill Pakistani Business Association. After all, they all know him.
Adil Ray says: “I’m so grateful to the British television public who really have taken The Khan’s to their hearts. You don’t get to a fifth series without their love and support and of course the brilliant cast, co-writers and production team. My mum’s so pleased she’s bringing out the Royal Albert dinner set this weekend.”
Shane Allen says: “The irrepressible Mr Khan and his family return with their refreshing comic slice of British Asian family life. It’s a testament to Adil’s wonderful creation and the writing team that there’s lots more comedy chaos and adventures ahead. It’s grown to become a firm BBC One audience favourite in a mainstream family-friendly slot.”
Set in Birmingham’s Sparkhill area, Citizen Khan is a warm, family-based sitcom about the British-Asian Khan family and the ups and downs of their life. The series is produced by BBC In-house Comedy and shot on location in Birmingham and in front of a studio audience at MediaCityUK, Salford.
Citizen Khan is commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, and Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning. The Executive Producer is Rebecca Papworth. Citizen Khan was created by Adil Ray and is written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto (The Kumars at No 42, Goodness Gracious Me, The Impressions Show) with Adil Ray.