Riz Ahmed, the British star of Rogue One, Jason Bourne and HBO’s The Night Of, is working with the BBC on his first self-penned TV drama.
Englistan — which Ahmed first revealed to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016 — is a nine-part series telling the story of three generations of a British-Pakistani family, following them as they pursue their dreams over four tumultuous decades, navigating shifting circumstances and evolving loyalties.
The series will tell the story of three generations of a British-Pakistani family over four tumultuous decades.
“I’m excited to be working with [BBC Studios executive producer] Esther Springer and all the team at BBC Studios,” said Ahmed.
“Englistan is an untold British story with universal themes and resonance. It’s the story I always wanted to tell, and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to do so.”
Added BBC Drama controller Piers Wenger: “Set against the familiar backdrop of the late 20th century but from a point of view which feels entirely new, Englistan is the story of the birth of multicultural Britain as seen from the inside. We are honored to be working with Riz on this epic, deeply personal story.”