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Riz Ahmed turns mixtape into new drama series

By | Published on Wednesday 2 May 2018

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BBC Two has announced a new drama series created by actor Riz Ahmed, aka Riz MC. Titled ‘Englistan’, the show shares its name with his 2016 mixtape.

The story follows three generations of a British Pakistani family over a number of decades. “‘Englistan’ is an untold British story with universal themes and resonance. It’s the story I always wanted to tell, and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to do so”, says Ahmed.

Controller of BBC Drama, Piers Wenger, adds: “Set against the familiar backdrop of the late 20th century, but from a point of view which feels entirely new, ‘Englistan’ is the story of the birth of multicultural Britain as seen from the inside. We are honoured to be working with Riz on this epic, deeply personal story”.

A broadcast date for the show has not yet been announced.