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Adil Ray to star in BBC Two comedy Bellamy's People

By Mandeep Sanghera
BBC Asian Network

BBC Asian Network breakfast show presenter Adil Ray's character Mr Khan
Asian community leader Mr Khan from Leicester is set for Bellamy's People

BBC Asian Network breakfast presenter Adil Ray is to star in a new BBC Two comedy series, Bellamy's People.

The eight-part series, which starts on Thursday 21 January, will reunite Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson, with Ray playing a number of characters.

They will be Mr Khan, a self-appointed Asian community leader, Birmingham-based DJ MC Raa and the enlightening Guru Dev Gattacharjiya.

The comedy has been developed from BBC Radio 4 satire Down the Line.

It follows hapless radio talk show host Gary Bellamy in his Triumph Stag "personality vehicle meeting the people of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to try to find out what makes them tick.

"Like many others, I am a huge fan of Paul and Charlie and they have long been an inspiration," said Ray.

"To be asked to work alongside them was just fantastic. I am just glad they don't do Pakistani accents, although Paul did try!'

Whitehouse and Higson are being reunited for their first television partnership in 10 years.

Other characters include a 28 stone man who rarely leaves his bed and a pair of aristocratic sisters with an unhealthy love of totalitarian regimes.

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