Huge congratulations to Riz Ahmed, the British star of Rogue One, Jason Bourne and HBO’s The Night Of who is working with the BBC on his first self-penned TV drama called Englistan.
Englistan is a nine-part series telling the story of three generations of a British-Pakistani family, following them as they pursue their dreams over four tumultuous decades, navigating shifting circumstances and evolving loyalties.
The project, announced Monday, is being produced by BBC Studios Drama London in association with Left Handed Films for BBC Two.
“I’m excited to be working with [BBC Studios executive producer] Esther Springer and all the team at BBC Studios,” said Ahmed. “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.”
Added BBC Drama controller Piers Wenger: “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 honored to be working with Riz on this epic, deeply personal story.”
Englistan was commissioned by Wenger, Patrick Holland, controller of BBC Two. Executive producers are Ahmed for Left Handed Films, Springer and Hilary Salmon for BBC Studios Drama London and Lucy Richer for BBC Two.
We look forward to seeing the project come to our screens in due course. Interestingly, Ahmed has said that he didn’t intend to cast himself in the series.