Passions: Richard Pryor by Romesh Ranganathan

Sky Arts has commissioned Rumpus Media to make a one-off documentary, Passions: Richard Pryor by Romesh Ranganathan as part of its’ Passions season, it was announced today (Friday 21st July).

Passions

The documentary explores the life and work of Richard Pryor, the American stand-up who inspired British comedian Romesh Ranganathan to pursue a career in comedy. Romesh’s obsession with Pryor began when he was 15 years old and has continued into adulthood – he even has a permanent tribute to Pryor tattooed on his arm.
In this hour-long documentary, Romesh travels to LA to follow in the footsteps of the troubled comic who he considers to be the greatest stand up of all time.

Romesh Ranganathan said: “It was great to be able to explore the genius of Richard Pryor and learn more about one of my heroes. Spending time in LA talking to various people about his life, I felt grateful for both the experience and for the fact he didn’t spend his life in Hastings.”

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Anthony Joshua vs Rob & Romesh

Thursday 27 April. 10pm on Sky One

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Jack Dee’s Inauguration Helpdesk

Thursday 19 January BBC2 10pm.
Programme website

Jack Dee's Inauguration Help Desk

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Asian Provocateur Series 2 launches on iPlayer

Watch on the iPlayer here from 10am on 12 October.

Series 2 starts on BBC1, Saturday 15 October at 11.50pm.

Asian Provocateur Series 2

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Asian Provocateur
Series Two

BBC Three sends Romesh Ranganathan on an international adventure with his Mum for Asian Provocateur series two

 
Fresh from his nomination for Best Entertainment Performance at the forthcoming Bafta Television Awards, Romesh Ranganathan will return to BBC Three for more Asian Provocateur after a successful first series saw him return to his motherland of Sri Lanka at the behest of this mother Shanthi. 
 

Asian Provocateur

It took Shanthi twenty years to convince Romesh to travel to Sri Lanka and learn about his heritage. Now Shanthi has convinced Romesh to join her and travel further afield in search of other relatives they’ve never met and explore what his life could have been like if they’d ended up somewhere other than Crawley.
 
For six weeks they will visit extended family across the continents and be joined by some of the characters Romesh met in the first series for stints along the way. Will their relationship survive them spending every moment together, when what Romesh wants to be a relaxing trip with his mother is certainly going to end up being the complete opposite?
 
Romesh loves his mum, but the thought of going on holiday with her for six weeks strikes fear into his heart. As Shanthi tries to do some late on-set parenting whilst simultaneously expecting him to organise everything, Romesh will inevitably return to a petulant teenage state whilst Shanthi tells anyone who’ll listen all of his childhood misdemeanours with her classic motherly candour.
 
Romesh said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be embarking on a second series, mainly to deal with the issue of people repeatedly telling me that my mum is funnier than me. I didn’t want her involved but I’ve been told that if I refuse they’ll do it with just her.”

Asian Provocateur - Romesh

The 6 x 30 series will be produced by Rumpus Media in association with Green Bee Productions for BBC Three, and is commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three and Alan Tyler, Acting Controller of Entertainment. The commissioning editor will be Rachel Ashdown for BBC Entertainment.

Damian Kavanagh:

“We love the fact Romesh is coming back to BBC Three with more maternal meddling.”

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Alan Tyler said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be bringing a second series of Asian Provocateur to our audiences. The first series was smart, insightful and extremely funny providing a perfect forum for Romesh’s quick wit and inquiring mind. He is a genuine star and with his mum may just have created a perfect double act.”  

Rachel Ashdown said:

“The relationship between Romesh and Shanthi is one we can all relate to. After years of not travelling, Shanthi has a lot she wants to see so and do, which is very different from what Romesh wants to do. I can’t wait to see what happens when they spend six weeks away together.”

Managing Director from Rumpus Media, Emily Hudd, said:

“We and Shanthi and are thrilled that Romesh will be accompanying her on the trip she’s always dreamed of for Asian Provocateur series two. After the success of series one, Shanthi is keen to put more responsibility on her son’s shoulders as they head further afield. However as Romesh is rubbish at organising anything, we’re expecting lots of teenage petulance from him and typically blunt and funny appraisal from his Mum.”

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It’s Not Rocket Science

Tuesday 16th February 8pm on ITV1

It's Not Rocket Science ITV – Tuesday 16th February 8pm on ITV1 from It's Not Rocket Science ITV on Vimeo.

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UK TOUR EXTENDED

AS AUTUMN DATES ANNOUNCED DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND NEW DATES ON SALE FROM 29 JANUARY 2016

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Due to an absolutely phenomenal demand and a sellout of his Spring 2016 tour even before it starts, star of hugely acclaimed Asian Provocateur (BBC3 & BBC1) and The Apprentice: You’re Fired (BBC2) Romesh Ranganathan has extended his IRRATIONAL tour into this Autumn – see the full tour dates here. The new dates will go on-sale on Friday 29th January.

AUTUMN TOUR DATES

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The Dog Ate My Homework

The second episode of The Dog Ate My Homework featuring Romesh will be shown on the CBBC Channel (Freeview 701) on
Friday 15th January 2016 at 4.30pm.

The shows will be available on iPlayer for 30 days following the transmission date.

The Dog Ate My Homework

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Women’s Hour

BBC Radio 4 Christmas Day – 10am

With Romesh & Shanthi Ranganathan –
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06sbpmz

Womens Hour Xmas 2015

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A League Of Their Own

SKY 1
Thursday 21st January 2016 at 9pm

Featuring Romesh Ranganathan

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