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The Kumars at No. 42
Hilarious britcom with complementary chutney!
The Kumars at No. 42, is a hilarious britcom, now found on BBC America. The Kumars are an Indian-British family in North London, who host a talk show, hosted by son Sanjeev, in the TV studio they build in the backyard. It is part scripted, part improv, and part actual interview.
What you need to know to get the family...
Sanjeev Kumar - the talk show's host
Sanjeev lives with his parents. He is not married and overall lacking in the social skills department. His family try to encourage him into new things - often by criticizing the things he does now. But they care - they did after all build a TV studio for his dream of having his own show.
Madhuri Kumar - Sanjeev's mother
Madhuri, is extremely focused on a one thing - marrying off her son, Sanjeev. She approaches some guests as a sort of a job interview for Wife of Sanjeev, others she asks probing questions about their weddings, babies, how they met their spouse, ...
Ashwin Kumar - Sanjeev's father
Ashwin, is also extremely focused on a one thing - money. A running joke is that he pays guests with giant jars of chutney. His questions are more along the lines of - 'How much does something like that cost?", and "How do you get around the taxes?".
Sushila Kumar - Sanjeev's grandmother, often called Ummi
Sushila has reached the age in which she can say highly inappropriate things and get away with it. She asks off-color questions, an tells the strait truth, often to the mortification of Sanjeev.
The Kumars at No. 42 - Now Available on DVD
Part scripted comedy, part improvisation, part genuine interview, The Kumars at No. 42 is like nothing you've ever seen. The Kumars - a "typical" Indian family living in the north of London - have hit upon a unique method of "Keeping Up with the Joneses"; they have bulldozed their backyard and erected a state-of-the-art TV studio, where they host their very own talk show. The son, Sanjeev, pops the questions while his mother (Madhuri), father (Ashwin) and mischievous granny (Sushila) interrupt from a nearby sofa with wildly inappropriate and irrelevant questions.
Who is your favorite character?
Ummi - The Endearing Grandma
Sushila Kumar: [to Charles Dance] Your fans are known as Charlie's Angels. Is that because there are only three of them?
Sushila Kumar: [to Helena Bonham-Carter] In this country you are seen as the epitome of elegance and good manners. But I personally was very, very happy to see you in Fight Club playing a right old slut. Did you enjoy it?
Sushila Kumar: [to Tom Jones] Wait till you get to 70, you'll get a second wind.
Sushil Kumar: [to David Hasselhoff about Bay Watch] There were lots of characters on that show with plastic breasts...Not to mention the women.
Take a Look-sey - The Kumars at No. 42 Video Clips
Here are some great clips of The Kumars at No. 42 featuring Jennifer Saunders of Absolutely Fabulous, Charlotte Church, and Boy George.
Online with The Kumars at No. 42 - Other sites to check out
- BBC America - Kumars At No 42
Official Site on BBC's Website
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The Kumars at No. 42 Pictures, Summary, Cast and Crew
- IMDB: The Kumars at No. 42
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- BBC Canada - Britcoms - The Kumars at No. 42
BBC Canada's info on The Kumars at No. 42
Season 1 Guests
Why "at no. 42" ? - What's the deal with 42?
The studio number (aka house number) being number 42 is a reference to The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galazy. In The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (by book or by movie) we learn that the answer to life, the universe and everything is in fact 42. It is fact, as proven by Google (which is all knowing) Calculator. For more information on 42 visit lens 42, by the world's foremost authority on the number 42.
It may at first look like stupid humor, watch carefully, it is really quite smart and quite funny.
Season 2 Guests
8 Ray Winstone and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
9 Jerry Hall and Melvyn Bragg
10 Richard and Judy and Lorraine Kelly
11 Eastenders special - Barbara Windsor, Patsy Palmer, Adam Woodyatt
12 Helena Bonham Carter and Ismail Merchant
13 Nigel Havers and Ronan Keating
14 Ulrika Jonsson and Anthony Worrall Thompson
15 Charlotte Church and Martin Kemp
16 Wendy Richard and John Sergeant
17 Stephen Fry and Lesley Garrett
18 Christmas Special 2002 - Trinny Woodall, Susannah Constantine, Mark Owen, Darius Danesh
A Few More Clips
More great clips featuring Lulu, June Whitfield, Michael Parkinson, and Art Malik.
Season 3 Guests
The Players - What else have I seen them in?
Complete Filmographies by IMDB:
Season 4 Guests
28 Neil Pearson, Denise Van Outen and Westlife
29 David Dickinson and Patrick Stewart
30 Amanda Holden and Rachel Stevens
31 Lenny Henry and Maureen Lipman
32 Johnny Vaughan and Sophie Ellis Bextor
33 Cilla Black, Emma Bunton and Leslie Grantham
34 Christmas Special 2003 - Cliff Richard
Season 5 Guests
36 Jools Holland and Tom Jones
37 Charles Dance and Gaby Roslin
38 Jennifer Saunders, Fern Britton and Phillip Scholfield
39 Natasha Kaplinsky and Dermot O'Leary
40 Jo Brand and Esther Ranzen
41 Christmas Special 2004 - Anne Robinson, Phil Collins, Roy Wood
Season 6 Guests
Season 7 Guests
48 Felicity Kendal and Gordon Ramsey
49 Jamie Cullum and Cybill Shepherd
50 Louis Walsh and Trisha Goddard
51 Suzi Quatro and Darcey Bussell
52 Max Beesley and Richard Wilson
53 Chris Tarrant and Alan Alda
What do you think of the Kumars at No. 42? Do we Americans really get it? Anything to add to my lens?