Tuesday, January 06, 2004

SBS - The World News

Mandela to Appear on The Kumars at No. 42

According to this report from
The World News (Australia) former South African president and freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela is set to make an appearance on the popular British comedy, The Kumars at No 42.

The 85-year-old former leader is reportedly a big fan of the award-winning comedy program and approached the BBC to ask if he could be a guest.

The Kumars at No 42, starring Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal, features Bhaskar interviewing celebrity guests in his supposed family home, with his parents and grandmother frequently joining in the questioning.

Mr Mandela has invited the cast to South Africa and is likely to star in a one off episode coming May. The BBC will reportedly build a temporary studio near his home in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape province, in which filming will take place.

“I am sure there would be a question on whether he had Punjabi blood in him due to the outlandish pattern of his clothing … and his ability to bhangra [dance] every time he hears a drum,” Syal said.


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