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A somewhat subdued Britcom more interested in exploring Indian and British post-colonial race relations in eighties England than sight gags and one-liners, TANDOORI NIGHTS showcases Merchant-Ivory import Saeed Jaffrey (THE CHESS PLAYERS) as Jimmy Sharma, owner of the London restaurant "The Jewel in the Crown" (capitalizing on the 1966 Paul Scott novel and the then-recent 1984 British TV miniseries) who feels the tug between tradition and notions of success. Running a traditional restaurant while courting the gourmet society, networking at the golf club, Jimmy has a past as a revolutionary that does not always gel with his capitalist present, his sensible eldest daughter Bubbly (CORONATION STREET's Shelley King) works for the Asian Advice Center (sometimes untangling the web of deceptive documentation some of Jimmy's workers use to enter the country), younger daughter Asha (Rita Wolf, MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE) is a thoroughly British college student, and grandmother (Zohra Segal, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM) is glued to the television and bets on the horses. Jimmy feels disrespected by his Bangladeshi staff when waiter Rashid (Badi Uzzaman, EASTERN PROMISES) practices a little free enterprise of his own and opens a competing restaurant down the street (while still treating Jimmy with some sense of reverence) - which figures more into the second series - and waiter Noor (Andrew Johnston) lusts after Asha while continually underestimating the talent and ingenuity of his head chef Alaudin (Tariq Yunus, THE DECEIVERS). A sense of documentary realism is presented with visits to real Indian-British cultural hubs, shops, and back alley factories. While the second series still lacks a laugh track, it does appear to favor more punchline jokes, far-fetched schemes, and more dramatics from the daughters for comic effect.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 4 July 1985 - 13 November 1987 (UK TV)

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DVD Review: Simply Media - Region 2 - PAL

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Runtime 4:54:45 (4% PAL speedup)

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.71 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Simply Media

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� Series 1 Episodes 1-6 (with 'Play All' option; 2:27:05)

� Disc Two:
� Series 2 Episodes 1-6 (with 'Play All' option; 2:27:40)

DVD Release Date: 24 October 24th, 2016

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Simply Media splits two seasons between two dual-layer DVDs. The eighties video image is as can be expected but the subject matter is of documentary interest. The Dolby Digital 2.0 mono track fares well although this was not the release for Simply Media to leave off HoH subtitles. There are no extras.

  - Eric Cotenas


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