The BBC has commissioned a fourth series of Guz Khan’s Bafta-nominated Man Like Mobeen from Tiger Aspect, part of Banijay UK.
Filming on the 4×30’ series written by Guz Khan (Army Of Thieves, The Bubble) and co-creator Andy Milligan (Undercover) is set to commence this autumn, and air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer next year.
Returning to the series are Guz Khan’s titular character Mobeen and Tolu Ogunmefun (Sick Note, Starstruck) as his best mate Nate, alongside Dúaa Karim (D.I. Ray, Feel Good) as Mobeen’s younger sister Aks, Perry Fitzpatrick’s (Sherwood, Line Of Duty) Officer Harper as well as Mark Silcox (Big Boys) as scene-stealing Uncle Shady (obviously still calling Mobeen “b*astard”).
Viewers first met reformed drug-dealer Mobeen as he was trying to turn his life around living as a good Muslim, looking after his little sister, all whilst trying to escape his dodgy past catching up with him. Since then he’s made a fair crack at it but, in the cliff-hanger of a series three finale, he found himself banged-up behind bars with Nate, after their close friend Eight had been killed…
As they adjust to a new life inside, with familiar faces returning in very unexpected situations, Mobeen and Nate need to negotiate a new set of challenges – but can our haphazard heroes make it to the end of their sentence without causing more mayhem and come good on their dream of living a quiet life? Will Aks finally accomplish her goal of training to be a doctor, and will evil Uncle Khan keep a relatively low profile in Pakistan, or manage to torment Mobeen from afar?
Guz Khan says: “I’ve been away in Hollywood for a couple of years, but the entire time I was there I felt like I needed to come home and give my people the show they love. It’s still crazy to me that despite having not made Man Like Mobeen for three years, it still means so much to the people. So we’re making more, for you. As always, I promise authenticity both on and off screen. That’s how real change is made. I’m going to eat roti now, bye”
David Simpson, Executive Producer and Head of Tiger Aspect Comedy adds: “We are absolutely delighted to see the return of Man Like Mobeen. The show has gone from strength to strength with every series, and Guz and Andy’s scripts are already packed full of twists and turns, originality, and hilarious new characters, all of which promises to make this series the best yet.”
Tanya Qureshi, Head of Comedy at the BBC, says: “The return of Man Like Mobeen was, quite simply, a no-brainer for us. Guz and the team’s enthusiasm and commitment to the show remains as strong as ever, for which we are really grateful. It’s a pure joy to be able to bring more episodes of this iconic comedy character to all the fans.”
Tiger Aspect’s Man Like Mobeen New Talent Trainee Scheme will once again be offering paid entry-level production jobs to candidates within the West Midlands, with further details on how to apply to be announced soon.
Produced by Tiger Aspect for the BBC, in association with Dice Roll Productions, Man Like Mobeen will be Executive Produced by Head of Tiger Aspect Comedy David Simpson, Gill Isles, Guz Khan and Andy Milligan. The Director for the new series is Akaash Meeda (The Lazarus Project, Mobility), the Producer is Lynn Roberts and the series was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC.
The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Tanya Qureshi and the series will be distributed by Banijay Rights.