Tandoori Nights: Series 1 and 2 (DVD)
Saeed Jaffrey stars in this spicy, ground-breaking Channel 4 comedy about feuding curry houses.
Jimmy Sharma (Saeed Jaffrey - My Beautiful Launderette) makes good living running upscale Brick Lane Indian restaurant The Jewel in the Crown. That is until one of his former waiters opens a rival establishment The Far Pavilions right across the street.
The new restaurant might not be as fancy, with flock wallpaper, and even chips on the menu, but Jimmy's profits soon start to fall.
Jimmy is both helped and hindered by his feisty daughters Asha (Rita Wolf) and Bubbly (Shelley King - Coronation Street), who are closely watched by dominant matriarch Gran (Zohra Segal), who wants to ensure they are married off soon to a suitable husband.
Created by prolific writer, producer and activist Farrukh Dhondy, and producer and co-founder of Picture Palace Films, Malcolm Craddock, the series addresses controversial issues for the time about sexual and racial equality, and takes a wry look at interracial tensions between London's Indian and Bangladeshi communities, sassy, politicised Asian women, mixed-race relationships and grasping business methods.
First broadcast in 1985 on Channel 4, this series was not just an important TV landmark for being one of the earliest TV shows to feature a predominantly Asian cast, but also for featuring episodes written by a young Meera Syal before her days working on The Kumars.
Release Date: 24th October 2016
Year of production: 1985
Director: BAFTA winners Pedr James (Our Friends in the North) and Christopher Menaul (Prime Suspect) and BAFTA
Running Time: 300 min
Cat No: 167491
No Disc: 2
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