I can barely believe it myself but I’ve written a book. It’s called Straight Outta Crawley and it tells the story of how my childhood messed me up just enough to make me a comedian. From family issues, to being a teacher, a rapper, and then finally a comedian, I have described it all at what some would describe as a foolish level of honesty. It’s out on October 4. And you can preorder it now :PREORDER BOOK >>
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Romesh’s idea of a nice trip away is two weeks in the Algarve but in this three-part BBC2 series he is travelling way beyond his comfort zone and the world of complimentary breakfast buffets to some of the most beautiful, but dangerous, places on earth. Hosted by locals and fully immersed in the local culture, Romesh gets an eye-opening, and at times heart-stopping, insider’s guide to countries that are big on natural beauty, character and charm.
The series sees Romesh travel to Haiti, Ethiopia and Albania to see if his own preconceptions of these places are real. On each trip he is joined by a local tour guide who will help him embrace the culture and learn if a trip outside of his comfort zone can be enjoyable.
The first episode is now available on iPlayer HERE >>
Series continues on Sundays 9pm on BBC2.
Romesh’s docs-comedy ‘Just Another Immigrant’ is to air on SHOWTIME in the US on Fridays from 8th June at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The 10-episode, half-hour series is a comedic docu-series that follows Romesh Ranganathan as he uproots his entire family – his supportive wife, their three kids, his Sri Lankan mother and his eccentric uncle – and immigrates to the U.S. Displaced in Los Angeles, Ranganathan attempts to find success and happiness, while rebuilding a life from scratch. In addition to his efforts to adapt, he has committed himself to booking a U.S. gig – the 6,000-seat Greek Theater – with only three months to sell it out. The series chronicles the true-life adventures of this modern immigrant family and the obstacles of making it in today’s America. The show will launch in Australia on Stan and in Canada on Bell. The UK release will be on Sky early next year.
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).
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.”
Thursday 27 April. 10pm on Sky One
Series 2 starts on BBC1, Saturday 15 October at 11.50pm.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“We love the fact Romesh is coming back to BBC Three with more maternal meddling.”
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.”
Tuesday 16th February 8pm on ITV1