Citizen Khan

How bad is this

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28/08/2012 at 12:01
I saw a few trailers of Citizen Khan and it looked so bad I thought I would see for myself last night. Looking past the stereotyping and the "mind your language" feel to it, was this just the most unfunny comedy on TV. Where were the jokes? The Guardian seemed to give it a rave review but then again they raved about the awful Parades End too.
28/08/2012 at 12:18

What's a TV? Transvestite?

28/08/2012 at 13:25

I think the Joke was in the title my little green skirted Rosebud.

I remember a programme when I was a kid that featured a character called Paki Paddy. Shocking.

28/08/2012 at 13:35

I managed about 5 minutes before switching over. I suspect that I just don't get the jokes or the references but the British Pakistani and possibly other Asian communities do.

28/08/2012 at 13:59

When I saw it was BBC 3 after 10 pm I knew it would be rubbish anyway.

28/08/2012 at 14:13

Its so bad it's good,

28/08/2012 at 14:45
I liked it. I think having lived in the Midlands and working in Birmingham helped with some of the cultural references.
28/08/2012 at 15:11
All the asian people from those communities from Birmingham found it really offensive and the humour shocking. The acting was poor, the accents were all over the place.
28/08/2012 at 15:14

every one of them?



28/08/2012 at 15:26

I've not heard that, I've heard moans about poor acting and bad jokes but not seen anything about it causing offence, give it chance in 12 months time they may be giving it an award for something, all the best sitcoms take time to grow, not everyone gets it first time round

28/08/2012 at 15:33
Pardon me Skotty. All the asian people I know from Birmingham found it offensive. I think it was the stereotyping that they found the most offensive.
28/08/2012 at 17:11

Didn't see this one, but I thought Parade's End was good SRNLR. 

28/08/2012 at 18:14
A lot of people were dissapointed by PE Stephen. I was very surprised by the good reviews it got. I presumed that HBO must have been sending round some good hampers to the reviewers!!
28/08/2012 at 18:16
Btw good one about the TV being a transvestite LardArse. You're a genius!
28/08/2012 at 18:28
I was amazed my OH gave up with PE after 20 mins so I could watch the cycling on the other side
29/08/2012 at 15:36

A rather curius programme (the 'westernised' daughter was amusing for a while)

Certainly not a patch on 'Goodness Gracious Me!" though

I wonder what the reaction would have been like (from the 'Guardianists' if it had ben wrote by a white srcript-writer??? (rather than the guy who played Mr Khan)

Obviously, it would have been teribly racist thien



Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)
 All the asian people I know from Birmingham found it offensive. I think it was the stereotyping that they found the most offensive.

I wonder if Father Ted ever got the same reaction from the Irish & the Cathloci Church?? (as that's playing to stereotypes, surely?)

29/08/2012 at 15:51
Father Ted was about Priests and was actually funny. Maybe priests were offended but they were not ordinary people like were shown in Citizen Khan. I found it was more like Mrs Brown's Boys. The main star was Irish/Pakistani and it was about family life. Mrs Brown was funny enough to get away with it but Citizen Khan wasn't.
29/08/2012 at 17:49

I was shocked as to how bad it was. Can I have my licence fee back please? Parades End was disappointing - great filming but the accents seemed odd, why did BC bother with cheek fillers and it was boring. Will give the next episode a go just in case but no extra chances for Citizen Khan. Now Father Ted, that was pure genius right from the start and up there with all the comedy greats!

29/08/2012 at 17:52
Love you Peter. Agree 100%
29/08/2012 at 18:19

Why thank you Sussex Runner - did you watch Rev? Not quite up there with FT but another great comedy. I want my licence fee to fund more like that please!

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