British-Pakistani actor and singer Riz Ahmed is taking on a new challenge. This time, he’s stepping behind the camera as a writer. The Emmy-award winning actor is working on his first self-penned television drama for BBC. The show will be a nine-part series titled “Englistan” that follows the life of a British-Pakistani family.
“Englistan is an untold British story with universal themes and resonance,” Ahmed told Radio Times about the new show. “It’s the story I always wanted to tell, and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to do so.”
Produced by BBC Studios Drama London in association with Left Handed Films for BBC Two, “Englistan” will tell the stories of three generations of a British-Pakistani family. The show, spanning four decades, follows them as they pursue their dreams. This story is set in the late 20th century and will give viewers a deeper look at English history from the point of view of immigrants.
As society changes through political movements, neighborhood rivalries, religious conflicts the family tries to survive and find a balance between two cultures.
Known for his roles in films like “Rogue One” and his HBO show “The Night Of,” many don’t know that Ahmed has written and directed his own short film, titled “Daytimer” which won Best Live Action Short at the Nashville Film Festival. Though we’ll miss seeing that beautiful mug on screen, we can’t wait to see how Ahmed’s skills as a writer pan out on the small screen.