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Publisher's Summary

Five more series of the award-winning BBC radio sitcom set in a Scots-Asian corner shop near Glasgow.

Ramesh Mahju and his trusty sidekick Dave Legg are back with more banter, bargains, shop-based shenanigans and over-the-counter philosophy. 

In these 24 episodes, Ramesh gets in trouble with the local headmistress over his new line of sweets, has a wobble about his Meat Loaf date with new girlfriend Malcolm, ponders retiring (but who would take over his convenience store empire?) and makes a mint when the new House of Wax opens in Lenzie and the town is besieged by tourists.

However, his surly sons, Sanjay and Alok, continue to reject Ramesh's worldly wisdom, preferring to make music with their new friend Grebo (a.k.a. Carnaptious Scrooch). And when the Bish spots Sanjay busking in East Kilbride, he's forced to confess that he's not been entirely truthful about his college education.

Dave, meanwhile, explores every avenue to find a partner, from internet dating to wondering whether to take his 'bromance' with best pal Lesley to the next level. When he meets Margot on a Moving Alan fan site, he's on cloud nine - but not everyone is convinced....

Plus, the Wall of Crisps is rocked by scandal, as the bag placement of a new range of Scottish political snacks is hotly debated, and love is in the air as the corner shop regulars prepare for a wedding. But will Sanjay perform at the reception with his horrible new band?

Written by and starring Sanjeev Kohli and Donald McLeary, this warm, feelgood comedy also features Mina Anwar as Malcolm and a host of guest stars including Julie T Wallace, Sean Biggerstaff, Julia Deakin, Lewis MacLeod, Simon Greenall and Gabriel Quigley.

Production credits:

Written by and starring Sanjeev Kohli and Donald McLeary. Produced by Gus Beattie for Gusman Productions. A Comedy Unit production for BBC Radio 4.

Cast:

Ramesh - Sanjeev Kohli, Dave - Donald McLeary, Sanjay - Omar Raza, Alok - Susheel Kumar, Malcolm - Mina Anwar, Frank Butcher - Barry Howard, Archibald Sibbald/Alan/Mr Hepworth/Lorna McKillop - Tom Urie, Mutton Jeff - Sean Scanlan, Bra Jeff - Steven McNicoll, Hilly Bewerdine/Paella Fieldings - Kate Brailsford, Jordan - Lucas Beatty/James McKean, Mrs Begg - Marjory Hogarth, Father Neil Green - Andrew O'Neill, Bishop Briggs - Michael Redmond, Mrs Birkett/Phil - Stewart Cairns, Keith Futures - Gavin Mitchell/Greg McHugh, Mrs Temple - Julie T Wallace, Lovely Sue - Julie Wilson Nimmo, Grebo - Sean Biggerstaff/Manny Sumal, Janice Littbarski - Julia Deakin, Terry Wogan/Duncan Norvelle - Lewis MacLeod, Keenan's Mum/Mrs Armstrong/Thin Elizabeth//Dolly Eggs/Cambus - Maureen Carr, Candida - Barbara Rafferty, Lesley - Simon Greenall, Fraser Linlithgow - Sean Biggerstaff, Kallum - Taryam Boyd, Songs of Praise presenter - Effie Summers, Helena - Lorraine McIntosh, Provost - Moray Hunter, Angusina Comer/Nathan Laser - Gavin Mitchell, Margot - Gabriel Quigley. Other parts played by the cast.

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 26th September-31st October 2012 (Series 5), 18th April-23rd May 2016 (Series 6), 28th August-18th September 2017 (Series 7), 15th August-5th September 2018 (Series 8), 19th June-10th July 2020 (Series 9).

©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Critic Reviews

"As mad as ever - and very funny." (Daily Mail)

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At long last the, this thing, catch-up.

The most consistently funny, warm-hearted radio sitcom ever. Possibly an acquired taste but, like steak Netanyahu, will become a firm favourite quickly, etc.

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Brilliant

Loved it, really entertaining with great characters, the writers and actors did a brilliant job.