Riz Ahmed teaming with BBC for Nine-Part Drama ‘Englistan’

Famed British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed is prepping up to showcase his desi roots on an international platform after he teamed up with BBC for a British-Pakistani family drama.

As per reports, a nine-part documentary series titled ‘Englistan’ is presently underway which will narrate the tale of a British-Pakistani family spanning over three generations and is featuring the ‘Rogue One’ star and Pakistan’s highly adored Riz Ahmed.

Englistan is based on a British Pakistani family, the Latifs: Jamal and Fatima, their children Ashraf, Razia and Asim, and their grandchildren Zahed, Naseem and Ayesha. The hour-long series will take place over four decades.

As society around them rapidly shifts, the docudrama will follow different family members and generations through political movements, gangland rivalries, boom and bust, assimilation into the establishment, spiritual soul-searching and religious conflict.

But at the core is the story of a family and the questions they are forced to ask about whether ‘home’ is a country or a community.

“I’m excited to be working with [BBC Studios executive producer] Esther Springer and all the team at BBC Studios. ‘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,” stated Ahmed.

The project in production with BBC Studios Drama London, was announced on Monday, in association with Left Handed Films for BBC Two.