BBC Two announces Riz Ahmed drama series ‘Englistan’

A brand new nine-episode drama created by Riz Ahmed will air on BBC Two, exploring the lives of three generations of a British Pakistani family.

The family at the centre are the Latifs – Jamal and Fatima as well as their children Ashraf, Razia and Asim, and grandchildren Zahed, Naseem and Ayesha.

Ahmed said: “I’m excited to be working with Esther Spinger and all the team at BBC Studios. Englistan is an untold British story with universal themes and resonance. It’s the story I always wanted to tell, and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to do so.”

Clearly a passion project for Ahmed, the series will look at recent British history and society through a new lens as the Latifs live through political movements, economic changes, gang life, religion and the establishment.

“Set against the familiar backdrop of the late 20th [Century] but from a point of view which feels entirely new, Englistan is the story of the birth of multicultural Britain as seen from the inside,” added Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama.”We are honoured to be working with Riz on this epic, deeply personal story.”

It’s currently unclear whether Riz Ahmed will star in the show, but his name alone will make this a much-anticipated series with the power to make a big impact.

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