Where can I watch BBC Back in Time for Birmingham and what is the show about?

The latest series of the BBC Two popular history series has been following the Sharma family from Solihull through the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s

BBC Two’s popular history series Back In Time returned for a new series set in Birmingham - with the last show on tonight (Thursday, June 23).

The programme has been following the Sharma family from Solihull as they experience what life in the city would have been like for previous generations of South Asian Brits.

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There are four episodes, which are 60 minutes long each.

Why has Back in Time chosen to focus on Birmingham?

Back In Time for Birmingham was commissioned to coincide with the Commonwealth Games being held in the city this summer. The series is presented by BBC Asian Network’s Noreen Khan, alongside social historian Dr Yasmin Khan. It looks at the impact of arrivals from South Asia over the last 75 years. Today nearly 250,000 Brummies, more than a quarter of the city’s population, have Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi or Sri Lankan heritage.

The Sharma family from Solihull and presenter Noreen Khan on BBC Back in Time for Birmingham

What parts of history does Back in Time for Birmingham cover?

Starting in the 1950s when significant immigration from the Indian subcontinent began, the Sharma family - dad Vishal, mum Manisha and children Alisha and Akash fast forward through five decades of rapid change, exploring every facet of British Asian family life.

They’ll take on the jobs of their predecessors, living where they lived, cooking what they ate and facing the same difficulties (how do you produce authentic home cooking when there’s only baked beans in the cupboard and no-one sells chilli?)

The Sharma’s will also devote their spare time to the same leisure activities families enjoyed across the decades – from trips out to watch movies at the region’s first Asian cinema in the 50s, to entertaining the aunties at home in the 60s, enjoying a bhangra evening with musical legend Balbir Singh in the 70s, heading out for a picnic to celebrate the anniversary of partition and the Queen’s silver Jubilee and bunking school for a 90s daytime bhangra rave complete with glow sticks.

BBC Back in Time for Birmingham with the Sharma family in the 1970s

Where can I watch BBC Back in Time for Birmingham now that the series is coming to an end on BBC 2?

The series has been on BBC Two each day at 8.00pm starting Monday 20 June until Thursday 23 June.

The series is also available to watch in its entirety for free on BBC iPlayer, please see all the latest information, series and clips here: BBC iPlayer Back in Time for Birmingham

BBC Back in Time for Birmingham with the Sharma family in the 1980s

What has the BBC said about Back in Time for Birmingham?

Presenter Noreen Khan says: “I’m genuinely so excited to be a part of this incredible series! Taking viewers on an insightful, emotional journey over 5 decades of the South Asian story will be fascinating. Can’t wait for everyone to watch this!”

Nasfim Haque, BBC Commissioning Editor, says: “I’m really excited to tell the story of Birmingham through the eyes of the British Asians who have made the city the vibrant and exciting place it is.”

Who created Back in Time for Birmingham?

Back In Time For Birmingham was made by Wall to Wall Media The Executive Producer is Emily Shields and the Series Producer is Naveed Chowdhary-flatt. The series was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Director, Factual, Arts and Classical Music and Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Nasfim Haque.

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