[[caption-width-right:350:The main cast. Left to right - Nina Wadia, Kulvinder Ghir, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal]]
1998-2001 SketchComedy show performed by British Indians Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir and Nina Wadia. Most sketches were self-parody of British Asians and Asian culture, the reaction of white British people to Asians, or Indian-styled spoofs of western TV shows. [[SoundToScreenAdaptation Began as a radio series]], then became a TV adaption on Creator/{{BBC}}1. A one off reunion special aired in 2014 with a second in 2015 as part of "Indian Season".

Regular characters included:

* [[CheckPlease Cheque Please]] - A tactless playboy who drives his dates away with insensitive behaviour or comments.
* Bhangra Muffins - Two "street" teenage boys with attitude.
* Everything Comes From India - A man who believes that everything from shampoo [[note]]:Actually semi-true; see Wiki/TheOtherWiki's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shampoo page on the subject]] for details.[[/note]] to {{Superman}} is Indian [[note]]Except God, who clearly cannot be Indian as he works a six-day week, no Sundays, and Michaelangelo's David because no man with an organ that small could ever be Indian[[/note]] or was invented by Indians.
* Minx Twins - Gossipy teenage girls.
* Chunky Lafanga - UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} superstar.
* Smeeta Smitten Showbiz Kitten - A Bollywood reporter whose presenting style leaves a lot to be desired.
* The Coopers - Snobbish ''nouveau riche'' couple in denial that they are Indian.
* Bhangra Man - A superhero who saves people through the power of bhangra dance.
* Guru Maharishi Yogi - A spiritual "guru" who likes to con money out of his followers.
* The Competitive Mothers: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin

The best remembered sketch from the show, which has won several awards, was "Going for an English" - a parody of the behaviour of drunken Brits in Indian restaurants.

!! Tropes used in the show include:

* BerserkButton - Try suggesting that the Kapoors and Rabindranaths - er, Coopers and Robinsons - are anything but 100% English ...
* BlackComedy - Often invoked when dealing with serious topics such as racism, HonorRelatedAbuse and sectarian violence.
* TheBGrade - "My son got a B!"
* CatchPhrase - "Kiss my chuddies!", "Cheque please!", "In your dreams, buddy!", "I can make it at home for nothing!", "''Chaakde phaate!''", "Yes, but how big is his ''danda''?", etc.
* CaptainEthnic: the Punjabi super-hero [=BhangraMan=], who defeats his foes through his amazing superpower of Indian folk dancing. [=BhangraMan=] is meant as a double parody, firstly of comic super-heroes in general, and secondly of the home-grown Indian variant such as Shaktimaan and Nagraj.
* CaptainGeographic: the Punjabi superhero [=BhangraMan=].
* CatchphraseInterruptus
* CloudCuckoolander - The Bhangra Muffins
* CultureJustifiesAnything - Savagely lampooned in one sketch where an Indian woman runs into a women's shelter, screaming that her husband is chasing after her with a knife. The white woman running the shelter decides that this must be a "cultural" matter, and refuses to intervene - even when the husband breaks in.
* GagDub - The "[[Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo Skipinder the Punjabi Kangaroo]]" sketch.
* GayBarReveal - In a Bhangra Muffins sketch.
* JustTheIntroductionToTheOpposites: "Going Out for an English", about a group of drunk and rowdy Indian friends who visit an English restaurant, repeatedly mispronounce the waiter's strange foreign name (James) and show how macho they are by ordering "the blandest thing on the menu".
** This sketch is exceptional for the series in that it makes fun of a stereotype of white British, rather than British Asian, behaviour.
* CulturalPosturing: Mr. Everything Comes From India, including the Renaissance masters and Creator/JohnTravolta.
* LargeHam - Chunky Lafanga
* TheMovie: Partition: The Motion Picture
* MyBelovedSmother
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: One sketch had a son of a Hindu family who turned Jewish, and who returns home sounding like Creator/WoodyAllen.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy - One song on the show was a parody of "Common People" by Music/{{Pulp}}. The singer accuses his white girlfriend of trying too hard to emulate Hindi culture because she thinks it's trendy.
* RunningGag
* SoundToScreenAdaptation
* StartMyOwn: When Smeeta Smitten is fired from the TV show she presents, she decides to create her own show and sell it to the network; and produces several attempted pilot episodes. None of them goes well.
* TitledAfterTheSong: "Goodness Gracious Me" was originally a comic song by Creator/PeterSellers and Creator/SophiaLoren, in which Sellers played a heavily-accented Indian doctor and Loren his patient, who was in love with him. According to WordOfGod, the ''Goodness Gracious Me'' team originally intended to do a much more aggressive sketch attacking the song, until they listened to the lyrics and realised that, despite the stereotypical fake accent, Sellers' character was actually quite positively portrayed and the song wasn't racist in its humour.
* TheUnintelligible - Bhangra Man speaks only in Punjabi but is always perfectly understood by English-speaking characters.
* TokenWhite: the show had Dave Lamb in the cast to play the Token White Man, who was cast in role-reversal situations where he represented the equivalent of an Indian or Pakistani, who is [[ButtMonkey alone among white people in an unfamiliar culture]]. This was used to {{LampShade}} white British attitudes towards Asians, ranging from well-meaning ineptitude to outright racism. [[note]]Dave is better known as the mega-sarky narrator of foodie show ''Series/ComeDineWithMe''[[/note]].
* TruthInTelevision - The cast based some of the characters on the show on people they knew and didn't exaggerate when portraying them, [[MuseAbuse offending those people greatly]] while doing it.