Adil Ray developed Citizen Khan online with us before the character made the transition to BBC 1. Khan was first seen in a series of cameos in BBC2’s Bellamys People. We then took Sparkhill’s Community Leader & gave him the job of covering the 2010 General Election for the BBC Comedy Website.
I paired him with Deadringers creator Bill Dare to make a series of tight turn around election videos we filmed in Shepherd’s Bush Market and our office in TV Centre, which then doubled as Mr Khan’s front room.
Mitchell & Webb’s producer Gareth Edwards then picked up the baton producing Khan’s second web-series where he attempted to explain the laws of cricket & gave an alternative Royal Christmas Message.
Citizen Khan’s first TV series aired later that year. He is now six series in and counting…