Solihull family to star in BBC’s Back in Time as show returns to Brum for new series

A Solihull family is set to star in the hit BBC landmark show ‘Back in Time’ which returns for a new series set in Birmingham. The popular history series is back in a few weeks and is called ‘Back in Time for Birmingham’ to celebrate the city as we prepare for the Commonwealth Games.

The program will follow the Sharma family of Solihull as they experience what life in the city would have been like for previous generations of South Asian Britons. It will explore everything from authentic Indian cuisine to the challenges faced by multi-generational households, and will even feature one of Brum’s first Asian cinemas from the 1950s.

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Back in Time’s new series will explore the impact of arrivals from South Asia over the past 75 years. Today, nearly 250,000 Brummies, more than a quarter of the city’s population, have Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi or Sri Lankan origins.

The series begins in the 1950s when significant immigration from the Indian subcontinent begins. The Sharma family – dad Vishal, mum Manisha and children Alisha and Akash will fast forward through five decades of rapid change, exploring all facets of British Asian family life.

The Sharma family will also devote their free time to the same leisure activities families have enjoyed over the decades – ones that are sure to resonate with the Brummies. This includes – trips to the region’s first Asian cinema in the 1950s, entertaining aunts at home in the 1960s, and enjoying a bhangra night with musical legend Balbir Singh in the 1970s.



The Sharma family from Solihull are due to star in the BBC’s ‘Back in Time’ series later this month. The series will see them explore five decades of South Asian history in Birmingham

The show will even see them heading to a picnic to celebrate the anniversary of the score and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. As the 90s roll in, you’ll see Sharma’s kids leaving school for a 90s bhangra rave with glow sticks.

They will take over the work of their predecessors, living where they lived, cooking what they ate and facing the same difficulties (how to do real home cooking when there are only baked beans in the cupboard and no one sells chilli?)

Presenter Noreen Khan said: “I’m so thrilled to be a part of this amazing series! Taking viewers on an insightful and moving journey through five decades of South Asian history will be fascinating. I can’t wait. everyone watch this!”

BirminghamLive Exclusive Commonwealth Stories podcast speaks to people from all over the world, from from Africa to Asia, from North America to the Caribbean – who call the West Midlands their home.

The series will bring you inspiring stories and insights from gold medal-winning athletes to local business owners, teachers and social workers. Above all, ask questions like what the Commonwealth means to us today and what legacy will the upcoming Games in Birmingham have.

Commonwealth Stories is available on all your favorite streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple podcast. To keep up to date with the series, be sure to follow and subscribe.

Nasfim Haque, BBC Editor, said: “I can’t wait to tell Birmingham’s story through the eyes of the British Asians who have made the city the vibrant and exciting place it is. ” Back In Time for Birmingham was commissioned to coincide with the Commonwealth Games to be held in the city this summer.

The series is presented by BBC Asian Network’s Noreen Khan and social historian Dr Yasmin Khan, and is produced by Wall to Wall Media. It will air on BBC Two and iPlayer each day from 8:00 p.m. Monday June 20 to Thursday June 23.

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