Boy With The Top Knot smashes it for BBC2 as its highest rated drama all year
By: Barfi Culture Team
Published: 15th November 2017

Over 2 million Britons watched The Boy With The Top Knot, the TV adaptation of Sathnam Sanghera's memoir, according to figures released yesterday evening.

The BBC 2 drama was also the channel’s highest-rated single drama of 2017, and attracted the biggest Monday night drama audience for the year.

The show attracted widespread critical acclaim, including from actors such as Meera Syal.

"Just watched again #TheBoyWithATopKnot with my mum. Ended up holding her tight. Thank you doesn’t cover what our mothers do and endure for us. Thank you @Sathnam [Nisha Parti] for this love song to desi mums," she tweeted last night.

Producer Nisha Parti bought the TV rights to Sanghera's book back in 2009 when she was setting up her TV production company.

She wanted to "tell more complex and original stories about our [Asian] culture that could appeal to a wider audience," she told Broadcast magazine.

She added: "I see many Asian families on screen who are clearly a mix of ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures squashed into one family, and this family needed to feel real. I wanted to know every Punjabi actor out there and to create a proper Punjabi family."

This morning she tweeted: "Thank you everyone for all the love and support for #theboywiththetopknot. Overwhelming! Makes all the blood sweat and tears worth it!"

Article published on 15th November 2017 in the Entertainment section

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