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Monday, 22 June 2015

Goodness Gracious Me to return to BBC Two

The BBC have confirmed comedy Goodness Gracious Me to return for another special as part of a season of programming celebrating India.

In a special promgramme for BBC One Sue Perkins journeys to India for the first time to unravel the story of the country through the life of one of its most beguiling and exuberant cities, Kolkata.

Sue Perkins in Kolkata is a one-off 60 minute film for BBC One made by Indus Films which will see Sue immerse herself into the complex life of the city. In the programme, she sees first-hand how Kolkata has evolved from a place notorious for its fabled 'Black Hole' dungeon and the dreadful poverty of its street people to a place re-inventing itself as a vibrant new megacity, with a booming property sector and a reputation for eccentricity, culture and tolerance.

Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Robert Llewellyn experience the rush hour and go behind the scenes over four hour-long episodes to reveal the ‘everyday miracle’ that is India’s busiest railway station: the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai for BBC Two.

The Wonders of India are 2 x 60’ films from the BBC’s award-winning Natural History Unit which capture the glory of India’s wild world through the eyes of three special guides, scientist Liz Bonnin, actor Freida Pinto and mountaineer Jon Gupta.

India is a land where the natural world has been woven into people’s lives, a place where you can see animals that exist nowhere else on earth and where wilderness still holds strong.  For Freida, India is home, and she wants to celebrate the rich bond the people of India have with their natural world. Liz has been fascinated by India for many years - her ancestry includes Indian heritage and she’s drawn to the iconic wildlife. Jon’s grandfather was born in the foothills of the Himalayas and Jon is a mountaineer and expedition leader. He’s climbed Everest, but he’s never been to India until now.

In this two-part series the three presenters will choose encounters that best reveal the wonder of India’s wildlife and how the natural world is woven into Indian culture. They will celebrate the diversity and flavours of the Indian subcontinent in all its glory; from the roof of world in the north to the great rivers and deserts at its heart and the rainforests of the south. These are the landscapes where some of the most incredible creatures on earth make their home. The colours, sights and sounds of India are unique and together they provide an unforgettable wildlife experience for Liz, Freida and Jon.

After the successful reunion in 2014, the cast of Goodness Gracious Me are returning for another one-off special of the ground-breaking British Asian sketch show.  Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Nina Wadia and Kulvinder Ghir with Dave Lamb are back together for this special "India" themed episode. Featuring all-new sketches, including twists on old favourites, such as the origins of the Kapoors (pronounced 'Cooper') and the Competitive Goddesses, as well as a visit to the WW1 trenches with Captain Brownadder and original plans for the Taj Mahal, with special guest Art Malik.

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