Sanjeev Bhaskar admits nerves over reviving The Kumars

Sanjeev Bhaskar has admitted he was nervous about bringing back the Kumars.

Meera Syal and Sanjeev, who are real-life husband and wife, are reprising the BBC sitcom, originally known as The Kumars At No 42.

The pair are bringing back the show, now called The Kumars, on Sky1 (premieres on Wednesday).

“Certainly for me there were nerves, because it’s been seven years since [the last series] and we’ve moved the storylines along, so it wasn’t just going back to the same house and the same set,” Sanjeev said.

“It feels like wearing old comfortable slippers but on a completely new floor. The sensation is slightly different to what it was, but it’s been fun trying to get comfortable,” The Indian Doctor star said.

Sanjeev’s character (also called Sanjeev Bhaskar) is still trying to be a ‘superstar, legend and chat show host’, whose attempts to interview celebrities in his home are thwarted by his nosy family’s interruptions.

Daniel Radcliffe, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Colman and Richard E Grant all stop by for a chat.

Meera said: “You don’t really want to come back without offering something different, but without changing what people loved about the show, which was the improvisation element and the family.

“It takes a while to get all those things right, but I think we have now.”

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