The Kumars at No. 42

BBC Two (ended 2006)
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  • show Description
  • This is a sitcom/talk show. The Kumars are an asian family who have their own talk show! Sanjeev Kumar, the host, talks to the guests while his family asks questions! Sanjeev who is a very big attention-seeker and keeps thinking he's such a handsome professional talk show host is a loser, really. His father, Ashwin, is the show's producer and is always interested in business and money. In interviews, he would say these pointless stories to the celebrities with no punchline. Sanjeev's mother, Madhuri, loves having guests around and always offers food. She usually asks questions about the guest's family or love life. But the real star of the show is Sushila, Sanjeev's gran who likes to ask cheeky questions and flirts with the handsome male guests. The Kumars had a No 1 single! With Gareth Gates that is. It was a cover of "Spirit in the sky". It was for Comic relief and was at number 1 for 3 weeks. Gareth did the singing while the Kumars commentate over it.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 6

    Chris Tarrant and Alan Alda

    Aired 8/11/06

  • S 7 : Ep 5

    Max Beesley and Richard Wilson

    Aired 8/11/06

  • S 7 : Ep 4

    Suzi Quatro and Darcey Bussell

    Aired 8/4/06

  • S 7 : Ep 3

    Louis Walsh and Trisha Goddard

    Aired 7/28/06

  • S 7 : Ep 2

    Jamie Cullum and Cybill Shepherd

    Aired 7/21/06

  • Cast & Crew
  • Meera Syal

    Sushila Kumar

  • Sanjeev Bhaskar

    Sanjeev Kumar

  • Vincent Ebrahim

    Ashwin Kumar

  • Indira Joshi

    Madhuri Kumar

  • Stephen Fry


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  • RoxieVelma

    User Score: 224


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • THE FIRST EVER QUESTION ASKED ON THE KUMARS to Richard E Grant Sanjeev- You've been on Parkinson, haven't you? What's he like? Richard E Grant- He's very sexual.

    • Ashwin's "question" "Mr. Grant, when I first arrived in this country, I lived in a bedsit in Shephard's bush with 15 other people, and I couldn't find a mango for love nor money. It drove me mad". That's it

    • Sushila about Parkinson with Sanjeev- Parky's just playing with him like a silver-haired mongoose with an overweight cobra!

    • Talking about Parkinson being sexist man over 60 Sushila- You had some beefcake competition... Parkinson- Oh, not really. Sean Connery's an ugly s*d, isn't he?

    • Sanjeev's first question to Michael Parkinson "When is it that you're going to retire?"

    • Sushila to Richard E Grant- "Does Winona Ryder have a wooden leg or is that just her style of acting?"

    • Sushila: Mr. Kemp.... (Martin looks at her with his blue eyes she likes) Sushila: Thank you.

    • When Mark Owen enters the living room, the family crowds around him. Ashwin- BE CAREFUL WITH HIM, HE'S VERY EXPENSIVE!

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    Notes (11)

    • Ben Fogle's the first guest to be said "He's so sweet" by Madhuri and Sushila to.

    • There was, of course, a reference to Judy's bra showing at the award ceremony.

    • Richard and Judy are the first guests to have more than one person getting interviewed.

    • Helena taught Sanjeev how to walk like an ape in Planet of the apes.

    • Intrestingly, this episode aired during the Ulrika/Sven Goran-Erikkson affair thing.

    • There must have been a deleted scene in this episode because in the trailer of the programme, Donny Osmond says "Oh do behave" in Austin Powers style.

    • All of Westlife were there except for Bryan McFadden.

    • This episode was prosponed from it's original date as the death of Robin Gibb's brother, Maurice affected it.

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    Trivia (1)

    • This isn't one from this episode, it's from a trailer of this programme. The trailer for series 2 showes a picture of Adam Woodyatt's face and a man speaking over it, being Adam Woodyatt. It claimed that Adam has been interviewed by the Kumars when, of course, he hasn't.

    Allusions (1)

    • Sushila: Tell us about Hudson Hawk
      Hudson Hawk is a film that Richard E Grant was in as the bad guy. He got a Razzie nomination for it.

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Not good. Not Funny

    By calvinchan88, Sep 16, 2005

  • A very funny show just an instant funny 30 minutes

    By rulegamer, Jul 09, 2005