This star's laughing at himself
Citizen Khan BBC1, 10.20pm
MR Khan is a larger than life character with strong opinions and big dreams.
The challenges he faces are those of many fathers – how to make ends meet, keep his wife and daughters happy, and impress his daughter's future in-laws.
But things would be so much easier if everyone would just listen to him and follow his lead.
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For star Adil Ray the sitcom is the culmination of a character he's been working on since childhood.
"From a young child I remember being fascinated by adults," he says. "While my cousins played, I'd sit with the grown-ups and watch and study adults. There are elements of my family in him, bits of my dad and also bits of me too.
"I also think there's a bit of him in all of us, because in the end all he wants is to be loved and respected."
Adil has written Citizen Khan with Richard Pinto and Anil Gupta, whose previous credits include Goodness Gracious Me and Meet The Kumars, both shows of which Adil was an admirer.
"I remember when Goodness Gracious Me first came on the radio" he says. "I thought, 'Wow, this is so strong that we're laughing at ourselves'. It was iconic and utterly brilliant.
"The biggest, most important, thing you can do is laugh at yourself.
"You then negate anything anybody can ever do. It's the ultimate weapon. If you can laugh at yourself it doesn't matter what anybody says to you as you're laughing already."